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IEEE Sensors Journal Article: An Automatic Evaluation Procedure for 3-D Scanners in Robotics Application

Posted By Pauline Tang on March 26, 2013 at 11:00 AM

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In February, an independent study was published in the IEEE Sensors Journal titled "An Automatic Evaluation Procedure for 3-D Scanners in Robotics Application". The IEEE Sensors Journal is a peer-reviewed, monthly online, bimonthly print journal devoted to sensors and sensing phenomena. A non-profit organization, IEEE is the world's largest professional association for the advancement of technology.

an automatic evaluation procedure for 3D scanners in robotics applications

The article states that since several different 3D scanner technologies exist, selecting the optimal 3D scanner for a specific application is not an easy task. The article evaluated different 3D scanners, including the HDI Advance 3D Scanner, for Robotics Applications where high quality data of stationary scenes are required. Various 3D sensors with highly varying properties exist. Using a portable test plate, eight scanners have been tested using standardized procedures. The 3D scanners were compared both qualitatively and quantitatively.


The article describes the procedures of the test and the results for each scanner, in addition to an overview of 3D scanner technologies that have been interesting in the context of robotics applications (laser triangulation scanners, structured light scanners, and time-of-flight scanners).

 The conclusion of the article included the following statements:

"Determining which of these 3D scanners is optimal depends on the application for which it is to be used. For high precision tasks, the SICK Range 50E and the SICK Scanning Ruler are both optimal choices but for applications where the sensitivity to ambient light is of no concern, the HDI Advance R2 may be a cost effective alternative with even higher point densities and lower RMS errors."

For a copy of the full article, please visit IEEE Xplore Digital Library.

3D3 Solutions is unaware of the outcome of the study until it was published in the IEEE Sensors Journal. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.


This blog post was previously posted on Tue, Mar 26,, 2013 on 3D3 Solutions blog. LMI Technologies acquired 3D3 Solutions on
May 1, 2013. 3D3 Solutions website will be redirected to LMI Technologies website. 

Posted by Pauline Tang