Signed Distance Fields

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A field which stores signed distances to the surface. If inside of the surface it is negative. If outside it is positive. If on the surface it is 0.

A field is essentially a matrix of values (pixels) or voxels for 3D surfaces.


  • Collision detection in cloth animation
  • Multi-body dynamics
  • Deformable objects
  • Mesh generation
  • Motion planning
  • Sculpting
  • Text rendering
    • Used to determine if a pixel should be turned on or off.