The surface analogue of the B-spline curve is the B-spline surface
(patch). This is a tensor product surface
defined by a topologically rectangular
set of control points
and two knot vectors
associated with each parameter
. The corresponding integral B-spline surface is given by
Parametric lines on a B-spline surface are obtained by letting
. A parametric line with
is a B-spline
as its knot vector and vertices
Some of the properties of the B-spline curves can be easily extended
to surfaces such as:
Geometry invariance property.
End points geometric property.
Convex hull property.
B-spline to Bézier property.
However, no variation diminishing property is known for B-spline
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