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Reverse engineering of geometric models - an introduction

Várady, Tamás, Martin, Ralph Robert and Cox, Jordan 1997. Reverse engineering of geometric models - an introduction. Computer-Aided Design 29 (4) , pp. 255-268. 10.1016/S0010-4485(96)00054-1

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In many areas of industry, it is desirable to create geometric models of existing objects for which no such model is available. This paper reviews the process of reverse engineering of shapes. After identifying the purpose of reverse engineering and the main application areas, the most important algorithmic steps are outlined and various reconstruction strategies are presented. Pros and cons of various data acquisition techniques are described with related problems of boundary representation model construction. Specific issues addressed include characterization of geometric models and related surface representations, segmentation and surface fitting for simple and free-form shapes, multiple view combination and creating consistent and accurate B-rep models. The limitations of currently known solutions are also described, and we point out areas in which further work is required before reverse engineering of shape becomes a practical, widely-available engineering tool.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Computer Science & Informatics
Subjects: Q Science > QA Mathematics
Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science
Uncontrolled Keywords: cad; geometric modelling; reverse engineering; scanning; segmentation; surface fitting; boundary models
Publisher: Elsevier
ISSN: 0010-4485
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 05:04

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