new way of searching for a 3d model within a database
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Exploration of Continuous Variability in Collections of 3D Shapes
This paper proposes a new technique for exploring unorganized collections of 3D shapes. The approach represents the variability in the collection as a constrained deformation model of a base template shape, which the user can directly manipulate to explore the set of shapes.