University of Hull CSI

Technical Report CSI-0027

3D Print Technology for Cellular Agent-Based Growth Models

K. A. Hawick and L. A. D. Stockwell and L. R. F. Odiam

Archived: 2016

Abstract

Agent-based models (ABMs) continue to find uses for simulating many complex systems. Spatial or cellular ABMs are particularly useful when they contain a large number of simple microscopic agents. Visualising such many-component models remains challenging however and while 3D graphical rendering technologies can help considerably, sometimes being able to examine a physical model artifact is a better aid to understanding emergent model properties. Additive manufacturing techniques and platforms are becoming commercially affordable for routine use in 3d-printing model artifacts. We describe how an ABM such as the Eden growth model can generate complex 3D structures - effectively tumorous clusters - that can be 3d-printed as physical artifacts and which can be handled and examined directly. We describe some current 3d-print technologies, and the algorithms and software needed to 3d-print realisations of such simulation cellular models. We discuss the capabilities of present 3d-printing technologies and likely future directions of development, as well as what will be needed to make cellular model printing routine.

Keywords: 3d-print; additive manufacture; modelling; simulation; agent-based model; cellular structure

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@InProceedings{CSI-0027,
        Title = {3D Print Technology for Cellular Agent-Based Growth Models},
        Author = {K. A. Hawick and L. A. D. Stockwell and L. R. F. Odiam},
        Booktitle = {Proc. Int. Conf. on Modelling Identification and Control},
        Year = {2016},
        Address = {Innsbruck, Austria},
        Month = {15-16 February},
        Number = {830-037},
        Organization = {IASTED},
        Pages = {213-220},
        Publisher = {ACTA press},
        Doi = {10.2316/P.2016.830-037},
        Institution = {Computer Science, University of Hull},
        Keywords = {3d-print; additive manufacture; modelling; simulation; agent-based model; cellular structure},
        Owner = {kahawick},
        Timestamp = {2015.11.29}
}


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