In this section, we delve into the methods employed for surface reconstruction. The process involves two key steps: firstly, we trained a differentiable implicit signed distance function (SDF) using the oriented point cloud, and secondly, we utilized the Marching Cubes algorithm to extract a smoothed mesh from the SDF.

In this section, we provide a brief overview of the methods we utilized to obtain the signed distance function (SDF).

Possion Reconstruction

Poisson surface reconstruction is a well known technique for creating watertight surfaces from oriented point samples acquired with 3D range scanners. In this project, we employed Possion reconstruction as the baseline method.

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SIREN utilizes sinusoidal activation functions, allowing the network to produce smooth and continuous outputs. We fit a SIREN to our oriented point cloud using the following contraints:

  1. Surface constraint: for points on surface, SDF should be 0
  2. Normal contraint: for points on surface, gradient of SDF should be point’s normal
  3. Empty space constraint: for points not on surface, SDF should be far from 0
  4. Eikonal constraint: from differential geometry, SDF gradient’s norm should be 1 everywhere


SHINE learns and store implicit features through an octree-based, hierarchical structure, which is sparse and extensible. The learned implicit features are then transformed into signed distance values using a shallow neural network that follows constraints similar to those employed in SIREN.