Process and control today | New software from Micro-Epsilon enables 3D data capture and evaluation


Precision sensor manufacturer Micro-Epsilon has developed a powerful new software tool, 3DInspect, which enables the capture and evaluation of 3D data. The software is compatible with all 3D sensors in the Micro-Epsilon range, including surfaceCONTROL for geometry, shape and surface inspection of matte objects; reflectCONTROL for measuring shiny and reflective surfaces, and scanCONTROL sensor laser scanners for precise 3D measurements online.

3DInspect is designed for ease while offering a wide range of functions to analyze and measure captured data. These include sensor settings, alignment of point clouds and selection of relevant objects, filters to smooth and optimize point clouds, and calculation programs for height , radius and determination of flatness and distances between points and angles. The software is able to find a target based on its contour and readjust it to allow for closer inspection.

The 3DInspect software concept offers four steps to get results:

  • Data acquisition – ensure that the sensor and the target are correctly aligned using the ‘Display Image’ data. The data is then entered and processed in the software.
  • Data pre-processing – realignment of the captured data so that it is aligned with the XYZ coordinate system.
  • Evaluation – data can now be assessed and various processes can be put in place to inspect it.
  • Data transfer – the data can now be output from the software. This can be done in different ways depending on the setup and configuration of the user. Available output formats are UDP, TCP and Modbus, where 3DInspect acts as a server. With additional modules, control and output of measured values ​​is also possible via Profinet and Ethernet/IP.

Glenn Wedgbrow, Business Development Manager at Micro-Epsilon UK comments: “For system integrators with their own 3D processing software such as HALCON or similar, we offer our documented 3D Software Development Kit. [SDK] with examples for different programming languages, so they can create their own solutions to applications. For end users who do not have the ability to write their own software code, we offer the 3DInspect software solution.

In addition to the standard version of 3DInspect, the “Automation” function extension supports automated production processes. Video tutorials explain the software application and its features. As the software is constantly being developed, it is always up to date and each new version offers other useful functions. A full SDK is available for third-party and custom image processing solutions. This is based on the GigE Vision and GenICam industry standards, including many function blocks.

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