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We present StrutModeling, a computationally enhanced con- struction kit that enables users without a 3D modeling back- ground to prototype 3D models by assembling struts and hub primitives in physical space. Physical 3D models are imme- diately captured in software and result in readily available models for 3D printing. Given the concrete physical format of StrutModels, modeled objects can be tested and fine tuned in the presence of existing objects and specific needs of users. StrutModeling avoids puzzling with pieces by contributing an adjustable strut and universal hub design. Struts can be adjusted in length and snap to magnetic hubs in any configu- ration. As such, arbitrarily complex models can be modeled, tested, and adjusted during the design phase. In addition, the embedded sensing capabilities allow struts to be used as mea- suring devices for lengths and angles, and tune physical mesh models according to existing physical objects.

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