Cost-effective 3D modelling

Walker, Bryan Patrick (2007) Cost-effective 3D modelling. [USQ Project]


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[Abstract]: The use of Computer-Aided Drafting has led to the adoption of three dimensional modeling into routine drafting practice. These three dimensional models have
enabled designers to build a “virtual object” which can be studied, analysed, modified and duplicated prior to costly manufacture. This cycle enables a reduction in risk for a design in terms of cost and schedule.

The construction of a three dimensional model can be a simple process. This process basically involves four steps. The steps are:
a. an important feature of the real item is selected
b. physical measurement of the feature is conducted with an instrument such as a ruler or vernier caliper,
c. this data is entered into the cad program, and
d. step (a) through (c) is repeated until the object is completely described in the application.

These four steps are quite easy to execute for simple objects. But objects with more complex shape require more features to be selected, more data to be entered and possibly more sophisticated measuring equipment.

So the problem arises: Is there a method which can take a large number of data points from a complex object and can this method be accomplished in a cost effective manner?

The aim of this project is to develop a method of generating a three dimensional model of a small object using cheap and readily available components. The resulting data from this model should be made suitable for use by common industry software such as MATLAB or Autocad in order to demonstrate usefulness of the design in areas such as virtual prototyping, non-contact metrology and artificial vision.

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Item Type: USQ Project
Refereed: No
Item Status: Live Archive
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Engineering and Surveying - Department of Electrical, Electronic and Computer Engineering (Up to 30 Jun 2013)
Date Deposited: 05 Mar 2008 01:06
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2013 22:59
Uncontrolled Keywords: 3D modelling; CAD; computer-aided drafting
Fields of Research (2008): 09 Engineering > 0910 Manufacturing Engineering > 091001 CAD/CAM Systems
09 Engineering > 0906 Electrical and Electronic Engineering > 090699 Electrical and Electronic Engineering not elsewhere classified
Fields of Research (2020): 40 ENGINEERING > 4014 Manufacturing engineering > 401402 CAD/CAM systems
40 ENGINEERING > 4008 Electrical engineering > 400899 Electrical engineering not elsewhere classified

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