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Ghost in the Shell: A General 3D Mesh Representation for Reconstruction and Generation

Core Concepts
G-SHELL provides a novel approach for reconstructing and generating both watertight and non-watertight 3D meshes efficiently.
The content introduces G-SHELL, a new representation for 3D shapes, focusing on mesh reconstruction and generative modeling. It discusses the challenges with existing methods, presents the concept of manifold signed distance fields (mSDF), explains the efficient mesh extraction algorithm, and showcases applications like multiview image reconstruction and generative modeling. The experiments demonstrate superior performance in reconstruction quality, efficiency in training and inference, as well as successful generative modeling of 3D meshes.
G-SHELL reduces to a typical watertight surface representation if all mSDF values on the grid are set to positive values. G-SHELL takes only 3 hours to fit a ground truth shape while NeuralUDF, NeUDF, and NeAT take significantly longer. During testing, G-SHELL runs at 2.7 sec/img for novel-view synthesis compared to NeuralUDF, NeUDF, and NeAT which run at minutes per image.
"Any smooth open surface can be smoothly deformed to be a subset of a sphere." "We propose G-SHELL as an expressive representation for general 3D shapes." "G-MeshDiffusion achieves better performance than existing watertight mesh generation models."

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by Zhen... at 03-26-2024
Ghost on the Shell

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How can G-SHELL's representation be extended to handle shapes with self-intersections or non-orientable surfaces?

G-SHELL's representation can be extended to handle shapes with self-intersections by incorporating additional constraints and regularization techniques during the mesh extraction process. One approach could involve detecting and resolving self-intersections within the grid-based representation by adjusting the mSDF values in a way that prevents overlapping geometry. This may require introducing specific rules or penalties to ensure that extracted meshes do not exhibit self-intersecting regions. For non-orientable surfaces, such as Möbius strips, modifications to the manifold signed distance field (mSDF) formulation would be necessary. Since SDF implies orientability, adapting G-SHELL for non-orientable surfaces would involve redefining how distances are calculated and represented on the template surface. By developing a more flexible framework that accounts for non-orientable geometries, G-SHELL could potentially model a broader range of complex shapes beyond traditional watertight and open surfaces.

How might advancements in architecture design improve the efficiency of generative modeling with G-SHELL?

Advancements in architecture design can significantly enhance the efficiency of generative modeling with G-SHELL by optimizing key aspects of the model's structure and training process. Here are some ways these advancements could benefit generative modeling: Efficient Grid Parameterization: Designing more streamlined grid structures or architectures tailored specifically for handling mSDF values could improve computational efficiency during mesh extraction and generation tasks. Parallelizable Operations: Leveraging parallel computing capabilities through optimized architectures can expedite computations involved in rasterization-based reconstruction or diffusion-model-based generation using G-SHELL. Scalability: Developing scalable architectures capable of handling high-resolution grids efficiently would enable G-SHELL to generate detailed meshes without compromising performance. Memory Optimization: Implementing memory-efficient designs within the architecture can reduce resource consumption during training and inference processes, allowing for larger-scale generative modeling tasks without significant overheads. By integrating these architectural advancements into G-SHELL's design, researchers can unlock higher levels of performance, scalability, and speed in 3D shape reconstruction and generation tasks based on this innovative representation technique.