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Rapid prototyping with optical 3D measurement systems
Author(s): J. Gaessler; G. N. Blount; R. M. Jones
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Paper Abstract

One of the important tools for speeding up the prototyping of an new industrial or consumer product is the rapid generation of CAD data from hand-made styling models and moulds. We present a new optical 3D digitizing system which produces in a fully automatic way non- ambiguous, absolute and complete surface coordinate data of very complex objects in a short time. The system named `OptoShape' is based on a projection of sinusoidal fringes with a true grey-level matrix projector. The system measures both non-ambiguous and absolute XYZ surface data with a pronounced robustness towards optical surface properties. By moving the 3D sensor head around the object to be digitized with a 3/5 axes manipulator, multiple range images are obtained and automatically merged into a unified cloud of point coordinates. This set of surface coordinates are transferred to a software package where interactive manipulation, sectioning and semi-automatic generation of CAD surface descriptions are performed. CNC data can also be directly generated from the point surface coordinate data set.

Paper Details

Date Published: 23 November 1994
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 2249, Automated 3D and 2D Vision, (23 November 1994); doi: 10.1117/12.196114
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J. Gaessler, Steinbeis-Transferzentrum Konstanz (Germany)
G. N. Blount, Coventry Univ. (United Kingdom)
R. M. Jones, Coventry Univ. (United Kingdom)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2249:
Automated 3D and 2D Vision
Rolf-Juergen Ahlers; Donald W. Braggins; Gary W. Kamerman, Editor(s)

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