Imaging Components, Systems, and Processing

Quality inspection guided laser processing of irregular shape objects by stereo vision measurement: application in badminton shuttle manufacturing

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Li Qi, Xuping Zhang

Nanjing University, Institute of Optical Communication Engineering, 22 Hankou Road, Nanjing, Jiangsu 210008, China

Nanjing University, College of Engineering and Applied Sciences, 22 Hankou Road, Nanjing, Jiangsu 210008, China

Shun Wang, Yixin Zhang

Nanjing University, Institute of Optical Communication Engineering, 22 Hankou Road, Nanjing, Jiangsu 210008, China

Yingying Sun

Guangdong Technical College of Water Resources and Electric Engineering, Department of Automation, No. 122 Tianshou Road, Guangzhou, Guangdong 510635, China

Opt. Eng. 54(11), 113101 (Nov 02, 2015). doi:10.1117/1.OE.54.11.113101
History: Received July 9, 2015; Accepted September 16, 2015
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Abstract.  The quality inspection process is usually carried out after first processing of the raw materials such as cutting and milling. This is because the parts of the materials to be used are unidentified until they have been trimmed. If the quality of the material is assessed before the laser process, then the energy and efforts wasted on defected materials can be saved. We proposed a new production scheme that can achieve quantitative quality inspection prior to primitive laser cutting by means of three-dimensional (3-D) vision measurement. First, the 3-D model of the object is reconstructed by the stereo cameras, from which the spatial cutting path is derived. Second, collaborating with another rear camera, the 3-D cutting path is reprojected to both the frontal and rear views of the object and thus generates the regions-of-interest (ROIs) for surface defect analysis. An accurate visual guided laser process and reprojection-based ROI segmentation are enabled by a global-optimization–based trinocular calibration method. The prototype system was built and tested with the processing of raw duck feathers for high-quality badminton shuttle manufacture. Incorporating with a two-dimensional wavelet-decomposition–based defect analysis algorithm, both the geometrical and appearance features of the raw feathers are quantified before they are cut into small patches, which result in fully automatic feather cutting and sorting.

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Li Qi ; Shun Wang ; Yixin Zhang ; Yingying Sun and Xuping Zhang
"Quality inspection guided laser processing of irregular shape objects by stereo vision measurement: application in badminton shuttle manufacturing", Opt. Eng. 54(11), 113101 (Nov 02, 2015). ; http://dx.doi.org/10.1117/1.OE.54.11.113101


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