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Reverse engineering using laser metrology

Graham Dalton (GrahamTeam Leader at UK Robotics Ltd, Derwent House, Clarence Avenue, Trafford Park, Manchester M17 1QS. UK. Tel: +44 (0) 161 876 3200; Fax: +44 )0( 161 876 3201; E‐mail:

Sensor Review

ISSN: 0260-2288

Article publication date: 1 June 1998


Claims recent advances in laser‐based camera technology and 3D analysis software have made production of 3D CAD models from range images a practical proposition. Laser based cameras must meet very strict design criteria if they are to operate at long ranges; these criteria are explored. High‐speed laser cameras produce vast quantities of image data; it is shown that this data can be converted swiftly into a 3‐D CAD model.



Dalton, G. (1998), "Reverse engineering using laser metrology", Sensor Review, Vol. 18 No. 2, pp. 92-96.




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