Development Tools

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Databases

The McGill 3D Shape Benchmark offers a repository for testing 3D shape retrieval algorithms. The emphasis is on including models with articulating parts. Thus, whereas some models have been adapted from the the Princeton Shape Benchmark and others have been downloaded from different web repositories, a substantial number have been created by us using CAD modeling tools. We provide the models in both "voxelized" form (using the .im file format, corresponding to the KUIM package) as well as in "mesh" form (using the .ply format). In the voxelized format voxels within the interior of an object have a different label than those in the background. In the mesh format each object's surface is provided in triangulated form. The mesh representations correspond to the boundary voxels of the corresponding voxel representations. They are therefore are "jagged" and may need to be smoothed for some applications. The models are organized in two databases. The first contains objects with articulating parts and the second objects whose parst undergo minor or no articulation. Within each database there are a number of ``basic'' level categories and in each there are typically between 20 to 30 examplars.