Dual Marching Cubes: Primal Contouring of Dual Grids Academic Article uri icon


  • We present a method for contouring an implicit function using a grid topologically dual to structured grids such as octrees. By aligning the vertices of the dual grid with the features of the implicit function, we are able to reproduce thin features of the extracted surface without excessive subdivision required by methods such as Marching Cubes or Dual Contouring. Dual Marching Cubes produces a crack-free, adaptive polygonalization of the surface that reproduces sharp features. Our approach maintains the advantage of using structured grids for operations such as CSG while being able to conform to the relevant features of the implicit function yielding much sparser polygonalizations than has been possible using structured grids. IEEE Proceedings of Pacific Graphics 2004.

published proceedings

  • Computer Graphics Forum

altmetric score

  • 6

author list (cited authors)

  • Schaefer, S., & Warren, J.

citation count

  • 23

complete list of authors

  • Schaefer, Scott||Warren, Joe

publication date

  • June 2005