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Characterization of 3D printing output using an optical sensing system
Author(s): Jeremy Straub
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Paper Abstract

This paper presents the experimental design and initial testing of a system to characterize the progress and performance of a 3D printer. The system is based on five Raspberry Pi single-board computers. It collects images of the 3D printed object, which are compared to an ideal model. The system, while suitable for printers of all sizes, can potentially be produced at a sufficiently low cost to allow its incorporation into consumer-grade printers. The efficacy and accuracy of this system is presented and discussed. The paper concludes with a discussion of the benefits of being able to characterize 3D printer performance.

Paper Details

Date Published: 14 May 2015
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 9489, Dimensional Optical Metrology and Inspection for Practical Applications IV, 94890D (14 May 2015); doi: 10.1117/12.2177647
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Jeremy Straub, Univ. of North Dakota (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9489:
Dimensional Optical Metrology and Inspection for Practical Applications IV
Kevin G. Harding; Toru Yoshizawa, Editor(s)

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