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The ShapeWorks software is an open-source distribution of a new method for constructing compact statistical point-based models of ensembles of similar shapes that does not rely on any specific surface parameterization. The method requires very little preprocessing or parameter tuning, and is applicable to a wide range of shape analysis problems, including nonmanifold surfaces and objects of arbitrary topology. The proposed correspondence point optimization uses an entropy-based minimization that balances the simplicity of the model (compactness) with the accuracy of the surface representations. The ShapeWorks software includes tools for preprocessing data, computing point-based shape models, and visualizing the results.

 Studio 5.5
studio background ShapeWorksStudio with different background colors
open mesh studio Mesh support in ShapeWorksStudio
studio particle selection Point selection in ShapeWorksStudio
studio analyze surface reconstruction result Particle-based surface reconstruction

ShapeWorks Acknowledgement
ShapeWorks License

If you use ShapeWorks in work that leads to published research, we humbly ask that you to cite ShapeWorks, add the following to the 'Acknowledgments' section of your paper:

"This work was supported by the National Institutes of Health under grant numbers NIBIB-U24EB029011, NIBIB-R01EB016701, NIAMS-R01AR076120, NHLBI-R01HL135568, and NIGMS-P41GM103545 and R24 GM136986"

and add the following 'disclaimer':

"The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the National Institutes of Health.”

How to Cite ShapeWorks

When referencing ShapeWorks, please include a bibliographical reference to the paper below, and, if possible, include a link to

Joshua Cates, Shireen Elhabian, Ross Whitaker. "Shapeworks: particle-based shape correspondence and visualization software." Statistical Shape and Deformation Analysis. Academic Press, 2017. 257-298.
@incollection{cates2017shapeworks, title={Shapeworks: particle-based shape correspondence and visualization software}, author={Cates, Joshua and Elhabian, Shireen and Whitaker, Ross}, booktitle={Statistical Shape and Deformation Analysis}, pages={257--298}, year={2017}, publisher={Elsevier} }

ShapeWorks is available for free and is open source under the MIT License

The MIT License Copyright (c) 2012 Scientific Computing and Imaging Institute, University of Utah. License for the specific language governing rights and limitations under Permission is hereby granted, free of charge, to any person obtaining a copy of this software and associated documentation files (the "Software"), to deal in the Software without restriction, including without limitation the rights to use, copy, modify, merge, publish, distribute, sublicense, and/or sell copies of the Software, and to permit persons to whom the Software is furnished to do so, subject to the following conditions: The above copyright notice and this permission notice shall be included in all copies or substantial portions of the Software. THE SOFTWARE IS PROVIDED "AS IS", WITHOUT WARRANTY OF ANY KIND, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO THE WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE AND NONINFRINGEMENT. IN NO EVENT SHALL THE AUTHORS OR COPYRIGHT HOLDERS BE LIABLE FOR ANY CLAIM, DAMAGES OR OTHER LIABILITY, WHETHER IN AN ACTION OF CONTRACT, TORT OR OTHERWISE, ARISING FROM, OUT OF OR IN CONNECTION WITH THE SOFTWARE OR THE USE OR OTHER DEALINGS IN THE SOFTWARE.