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Section: New Results

Star-Shaped Metrics for Mechanical Metamaterial Design

Figure 1. Our method generates a smoothly-graded pattern (left) when interpolating between three star-shaped distance functions (right) on a regular honeycomb lattice. Each distance function is compactly parameterized with polar coordinates, allowing for simple interpolation in metric space as indicated by color-coding.

We present a method for designing mechanical metamaterials based on the novel concept of Voronoi diagrams induced by star-shaped metrics. As one of its central advantages, our approach supports interpolation between arbitrary metrics, as depicted in Figure 1. This capability opens up a rich space of structures with interesting aesthetics and a wide range of mechanical properties, including isotropic, tetragonal, orthotropic, as well as smoothly graded materials. We evaluate our method by creating large sets of example structures, provided as accompanying material. We validate the mechanical properties predicted by simulation through tensile tests on a set of physical prototypes.