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A New Calibration Method for Digital 3D Profilometry System 2007-01-1380

Recently the use of digital 3D profilometry in the automotive industries has become increasingly popular. The effective techniques for 3D shape measurement, especially for the measurement of complicated structures, have become more and more significant. Different optical inspective methods, such as 3D profilometry, laser scanning and Coordinate-Measuring Machine (CMM), have been applied for 3D shape measurement. Among these methods, 3D profilometry seems to be the fastest and inexpensive method with considerably accurate result, and it has simple setup and full field measuring ability compared with other techniques.
In this paper, a novel calibration method for 3D-profilometry will be introduced. In this method, a multiple-step calibration procedure is utilized and best-fit calibration curves are obtained to improve measurement accuracy. A recursive algorithm is used for data evaluation, along with calibration data. Sources of measuring errors are discussed and solutions are suggested. The calibration method can effectively improve the measurement accuracy for 3D profilometry system, especially, for measurement of samples with big depth change. Applications of this technique in automotive industry for 3D shape measurement will be presented and limitations will be discussed.


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