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Visual comparison testing of automotive paint simulation
Author(s): Gary Meyer; Hua-Tzu Fan; Christopher Seubert; Curtis Evey; Jan Meseth; Ryan Schnackenberg
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Paper Abstract

An experiment was performed to determine whether typical industrial automotive color paint comparisons made using real physical samples could also be carried out using a digital simulation displayed on a calibrated color television monitor. A special light booth, designed to facilitate evaluation of the car paint color with reflectance angle, was employed in both the real and virtual color comparisons. Paint samples were measured using a multi-angle spectrophotometer and were simulated using a commercially available software package. Subjects performed the test quicker using the computer graphic simulation, and results indicate that there is only a small difference between the decisions made using the light booth and the computer monitor. This outcome demonstrates the potential of employing simulations to replace some of the time consuming work with real physical samples that still characterizes material appearance work in industry.

Paper Details

Date Published: 13 March 2015
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 9398, Measuring, Modeling, and Reproducing Material Appearance 2015, 93980M (13 March 2015); doi: 10.1117/12.2080612
Show Author Affiliations
Gary Meyer, Univ. of Minnesota (United States)
Hua-Tzu Fan, General Motors Co. (United States)
Christopher Seubert, Ford Motor Co. (United States)
Curtis Evey, 3DEXCITE (United States)
Jan Meseth, 3DEXCITE (United States)
Ryan Schnackenberg, 3DEXCITE (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9398:
Measuring, Modeling, and Reproducing Material Appearance 2015
Maria V. Ortiz Segovia; Philipp Urban; Francisco H. Imai, Editor(s)

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