Ultra high-quality precision imaging
It is fundamentally important to have the right tools for the job. For 3D real-time surface reconstruction and inspection this includes acquiring spatially accurate and informationally rich imaging.
Such an inspection system must also be able to provide imaging for 2D & 3D analytics and metrology, and also manage rich meta tag image archiving, remote access, and monitoring.
INSPECT 3D is a non-contact, high resolution digital imagining inspection and measurement system. It is portable, single operator, and works in real time.
Using the Observant Aperture Imaging Workbench, it provides for 3D surface acquisition using either a machine vision camera or by progressively acquiring data from a laser line scanning system. The speed of the acquisition process is dependent on factors such as resolution and surface complexity. Typically, a 3D surface can be acquired in less than a minute.
3D surface data can be archived and retrieved for later examination, metrology, and analysis.
Once prepared for 3D display – an almost instantaneously process – the 3D surface can be explored and interactively lit using a virtual multi-illuminator rig. This provides for control by each virtual illuminator of colour, location, azimuth, elevation, and distance. All illuminator properties can be “slaved” to a single “master” illuminator. This also provides for the illuminators singularly or collectively to be rotated around the 3D surface area being examined. There is also a virtual ambient illuminator.
The virtual 3D surface is displayed within an auto calibrated 3D inspection area, with both local and global axes. This inspection area also includes virtual directional and alignment graphics for each illuminator.
INSPECT 3D provides for the visual exploration of a virtual 3D surface using an interactive virtual 3D camera. This can be manipulated either local to a specific surface feature or globally. Local inspection is provided by interactive exploration relative to a specific virtual Location of Interest (LoI). By default, the INSPECT 3D provides for seven LoI, all of which are automatically located on the 3D surface. Each LoI is displayed with its own local axis and can be individually moved anywhere on the 3D surface.
Metrology is provided by displaying virtual 3D digital rulers located relative to each LoI. These include the display of a virtual 3D cross section of the entire 3D surface, which is updated in real-time as a LoI is rotated and moved.
Metrology tools include the facility for integrating the locations and cross sections of one or more of the LoI to provide for the computation of 3D surface data such as weld profile statistics and scratch depth and orientation. Observant is currently developing 3D surface feature-based detection.
The LoI, the entire virtual 3D inspection area, multi-illuminators, and camera are provided with an easy-to-use animation tool set.
The INSPECT 3D application software leverages the graphical and computational powers of state-of-the-art real-time GPU based 3D computing.
3D surface reconstruction of a weld
These images show a 6mm2 digital 3D reconstruction of a titanium weld using non-contact techniques
The video below demonstrates the real-time exploration of the 3D reconstruction using the Observants basic interactive Surface Viewer application.
3D surface reconstruction of a scratch
These images show a 10mm2 digital 3D reconstruction of a scratch in a titanium surface using non-contact techniques
The video below is typical usage of INSPECT 3D and demonstrates how a scratch in a titanium surface is 3D reconstructed, then explored and measured.
Real-time, high resolution, high quadrilateral count, 3D solid surface textured rendering.
3D visualisation of corroded surfaces, using 3D virtual camera exploration and configurable dynamic illumination.
October 2020 INSPECT 3D data sheet
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