In reverse engineering, segmentation is used to divide a point data set into subsequent regions according to its shape. It is vital for interpretation of discrete scanned data since surface reconstruction can be accomplished one-by-one on a given region. Edge detection is crucial to the segmentation process. The level of edge detection depends on the complexity of the part, and it determines the eventual success or failure of the reverse engineering (RE) process. This paper proposes a novel approach to the edge detection of 3D points based on a region growing technique. The proposed algorithm consists of two parts. First, polygonal meshes are generated to the scanned point data using the Delaunay triangulation algorithm. Second, the normal vector and the area of a polygonal mesh are checked to find boundary meshes using cost criteria (angle criterion and area criterion) based upon a region growing technique. The region growing technique aggregates meshes into a region until the area of aggregated meshes reaches an area threshold from a series of seed meshes. The proposed edge detection method is found to be effective when compared with other methods.
|Number of pages||9|
|Journal||International Journal of Advanced Manufacturing Technology|
|Publication status||Published - 2004 Mar 25|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering