DICOM PS3.17 2021e - Explanatory Information

RRRR.3 Manufacturing Model Grouping, Color & Opacity

This example explains how to group manufacturing models together to indicate that they are intended to be assembled into a single unit (either after production, or as part of production on a multi-material printer). As shown in Figure RRRR.3-1, a group of models can include a mix of both STL and OBJ encapsulations (CardiacAnatomy.obj, ThoracicSkeleton.obj, and Thyroid.stl). All that is required to indicate grouping is that the Model Group UID (0068,7004) be set to the same UID value for all objects in the group. In this example the optional material file was not needed by the OBJ.

Example of Model Group UID Usage

Figure RRRR.3-1. Example of Model Group UID Usage


It is possible to specify preferred color and opacity of Manufacturing 3D Models using Recommended Display CIELab Value (0062,000D) and Recommended Presentation Opacity (0066,000C). One particular use of these attributes is in combination with model grouping, as it allows the use of non-opaque materials to allow viewing of interior parts of the grouped assembly. An example of such use is shown in Figure RRRR.3-2, where the AorticCalcifications.obj model is intended to be assembled inside the Aorta.stl model. Therefore, the DICOM Encapsulated STL of the aorta is designated as having a recommended presentation of semi-transparent red, while DICOM Encapsulated OBJ of the calcifications is fully opaque white.

Example of Model Color and Opacity

Figure RRRR.3-2. Example of Model Color and Opacity


DICOM PS3.17 2021e - Explanatory Information