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3 December 2014 Scanning freeform objects by combining shape from silhouette and shape from line structured light
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Freeform shape is usually designed by reverse engineering method thorough a 3D scanner, which is often expensive to most persons. The paper proposes a new scanning system combining shape from structured light and shape from silhouette, which can be implemented easily with low cost. The two methods are very complementary. For shape from silhouette, it can capture correct topological information of the object and obtain a closed envelop, and for shape from hand-held laser line, precise point clouds with some holes can be obtained. To gain their complementary advantages, a new data fusion strategy based a mesh energy functional is proposed to integrate the information from the two scanning methods, in which the points resulted from laser light will attract closed envelop from silhouette. After fusion, the precision of shape from silhouette is increased, and the topological error of shape from structured light is corrected. The design details are introduced, and a toy model is used to test the new method, which is difficult to scan using other systems. The test results proof the validity of the new method.
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Hanwei Xiong, Jun Xu, Chenxi Xu, and Ming Pan "Scanning freeform objects by combining shape from silhouette and shape from line structured light", Proc. SPIE 9297, International Symposium on Optoelectronic Technology and Application 2014: Laser and Optical Measurement Technology; and Fiber Optic Sensors, 92972F (3 December 2014);

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