Structured-light 3D scanners project a pattern of light on the subject and look at the deformation of the pattern on the subject. The pattern is projected onto the subject using either an LED projector or other stable light source. A camera, offset slightly from the pattern projector, looks at the shape of the pattern and calculates the distance of every point in the field of view. Non-contact white light measurement systems collect data much faster than CMMs. It is common to collect tens of thousands of points per second. With massive amounts of data being transmitted to a computer for processing, software based on complex mathematics and sophisticated algorithms must be used to interpolate the data quickly.
CAI aims to remove the bottleneck of dimensioning verification in the manufacturing process. It is not intended to replace metrology, but rather to introduce a faster and easier process for directly comparing as-built parts with their 3D CAD definition. There are two widely used non-contact measurement systems for CAI: 3D scanners and laser trackers. 3D scanners are commonly used for range finding. They work by projecting a laser beam onto an object and measuring its reflected image with a positioning sensor. 3D scanners are fast and can be mounted onto an existing CMM.
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