Atomization-based Spray Coating for Improved 3D Scanning

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2014-05-27

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Valinasab, Behzad

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Obtaining geometrical and physical information of industrially manufactured products or manually created artifacts has increased dramatically in the past few years. These data are usually generated by means of specific devices which are called 3D scanners. 3D scanners generate virtual 3D models of objects which in different fields can be used for various applications such as reverse engineering and quality control in manufacturing industry or data archiving of valuable unique objects of cultural heritage. There are basically two types of 3D scanning depending on whether contact or non-contact techniques are used. Non-contact scanners have been developed to overcome the problems of contacts. Optical methods are the most developed and major category of non-contact scanning techniques. Remarkable progress in computer science has been the key element of optical 3D scanning development. Apart from this improvement, optical scanners are affected by surface characteristics of the target object, such as transparency and reflectivity, since optical scanners work based on reflected light from the object surface. For solving this problem, in most cases the object is sprayed with an aerosol spray to change its characteristics temporarily, e.g. from shiny to dull or transparent to opaque. It is important to apply coating of minimum possible thickness to keep the object geometry unchanged. To study this issue, an atomization-based spray coating system was developed in this thesis research and used in sets of experiments to evaluate the effects of thin layer coating on 3D scanning results. In this thesis, firstly the spray coating system structure and coating specifications will be offered. Then, for appraising the efficiency of atomization-based spray coating in 3D scanning process, some examples are presented. These examples are based on some actual parts from different industries which were used as target objects to be coated and scanned.

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Atomization-based spray coating, Optical 3D scanning

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