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Reconfigurable laser ranging instrument
Author(s): John Schneiter
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Paper Abstract

This paper describes the design and operation of a fast, flexible, non-contact, eye-safe laser ranging instrument useful in a variety of industrial metrology situations, such as in-process machining control and part inspection. The system has variable computer-controlled standoff and depth of field, and can obtain 3-D images of surfaces within a range of from 1.5 ft to almost 10 ft from the final optical element. The minimum depth of field is about 3.5 in. at 1.5 ft and about 26 in. at the far range. The largest depth of field for which useful data are available is about 41 in. Resolution, with appropriate averaging, is about one part in 4000 of the depth of field, which implies a best case resolution for this prototype of 0.00075 in. System flexibility is achieved by computer controlled relative positioning of optical components.

Paper Details

Date Published: 15 March 1994
PDF: 14 pages
Proc. SPIE 2065, Optics, Illumination, and Image Sensing for Machine Vision VIII, (15 March 1994); doi: 10.1117/12.169369
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John Schneiter, General Electric Co. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2065:
Optics, Illumination, and Image Sensing for Machine Vision VIII
Donald J. Svetkoff, Editor(s)

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