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Monday, March 29, 2004

A Smart Way of Packing Complex Objects in Containers
Some of you probably remember this article from Science about how M&Ms candies are more efficiently packed than spheres. But many more objects, larger than chocolate candies, also need to be optimally packed before being shipped in order to minimize costs.

A team of computer scientists at the Fraunhofer Institute for Algorithms and Scientific Computing (SCAI) has just developed Contpack, a 3D software to solve this problem and to maximize the volume utilization of containers.

More details and references are available in this overview, including a pretty nice screenshot of the Contpack software, showing a computer-generated packing of loudspeakers into a container.
:: posted by Roland Piquepaille, 12:05 PM

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