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Intelligent stereolithography file correction
Author(s): G. Jaco van Niekerk; Elizabeth M. Ehlers
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Paper Abstract

The Stereolithography (STL) file format is a commonly-used format in the fields of Rapid Prototyping (RP) and Telemanufacturing and it is used to describe a 3D model that will be fabricated on an RP machine. Unfortunately, the format is known to be prone to error, and there is a need to investigate ways in which to check a file for anomalies and to correct any such anomalies. This is necessary to prevent the manufacturing of a flawed model thus saving the resources associated with a defective prototype. The errors that occur most commonly in the format can be divided into two groups, namely structural errors and geometrical errors. Structural errors occur on the file itself, where the file is either in the wrong format or does not comply with the STL standard. Geometrical errors are related to the model itself and include missing or duplicated triangles as well as incorrect surface normals due to calculation errors or incorrect triangle orientations. STLComplete, the software prototype developed by one of the authors, G.J. van Niekerk, in conjunction with his MSc dissertation, verifies the STL model for flaws and corrects less severe errors as well. Emphasis has been placed on the correction of faults and the presentation of errors to the user. The prototype will be given more attention here.

Paper Details

Date Published: 13 October 2000
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 4192, Intelligent Systems in Design and Manufacturing III, (13 October 2000); doi: 10.1117/12.403686
Show Author Affiliations
G. Jaco van Niekerk, Rand Afrikaans Univ. (South Africa)
Elizabeth M. Ehlers, Rand Afrikaans Univ. (South Africa)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4192:
Intelligent Systems in Design and Manufacturing III
Bhaskaran Gopalakrishnan; Angappa Gunasekaran, Editor(s)

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