23 November 1994 Rapid prototyping with optical 3D measurement systems
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Proceedings Volume 2249, Automated 3D and 2D Vision; (1994) https://doi.org/10.1117/12.196114
Event: Optics for Productivity in Manufacturing, 1994, Frankfurt, Germany
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.
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J. Gaessler, J. Gaessler, G. N. Blount, G. N. Blount, R. M. Jones, R. M. Jones, "Rapid prototyping with optical 3D measurement systems", Proc. SPIE 2249, Automated 3D and 2D Vision, (23 November 1994); doi: 10.1117/12.196114; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.196114

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