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Title : Laser scanner speeds surface modeling at DaimlerChrysler
Company : Nikon Metrology
Date : 22-Aug-2010
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The automaker's Vehicle Measurement Lab scans car bodies, interiors, and clay prototypes to support the design process. The resulting coordinate data is imported into a CAD system and converted into surfaces. Previous scanning devices-a coordinate measuring machine (CMM) and a mechanical digitizer-captured relatively few coordinate locations, making the construction of surfaces very labor-intensive. By switching to a laser scanner, the lab now captures millions of x, y, z coordinates quickly, giving designers a thorough definition of an object's shape and making the job of constructing surfaces go much faster.
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