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Three Dimensional Measurements And Display Using A Robot Arm
Author(s): Thomas E Swift
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Paper Abstract

The purpose of this paper is to describe a project which makes three dimensional measurements of an object using a robot arm. A program was written to determine the X-Y-Z coordinates of the end point of a Minimover-5 robot arm which was interfaced to a TRS-80 Model III microcomputer. This program was used in conjunction with computer graphics subroutines that draw a projected three dimensional object.. The robot arm was direc-ted to touch points on an object and then lines were drawn on the screen of the microcomputer between consecutive points as they were entered. A representation of the entire object is in this way constructed on the screen. The three dimensional graphics subroutines have the ability to rotate the projected object about any of the three axes, and to scale the object to any size. This project has applications in the computer-aided design and manufacturing fields because it can accurately measure the features of an irregularly shaped object.

Paper Details

Date Published: 16 February 1984
PDF: 5 pages
Proc. SPIE 0449, Intelligent Robots: 3rd Intl Conf on Robot Vision and Sensory Controls, (16 February 1984); doi: 10.1117/12.939234
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Thomas E Swift, University of Tennessee (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0449:
Intelligent Robots: 3rd Intl Conf on Robot Vision and Sensory Controls
David P. Casasent; Ernest L. Hall, Editor(s)

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