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3 Point Registration Using Geomagic

Lab Tutorial Written by John Eberhart

When using the 3D laser scanner, you can scan multiple angles of your object. After you have scanned your object from all directions you will need to align each scan so that you have a completed model. To do this you will use 3 point registration. 3 Point Registration works by selecting 3 corresponding points on two separate scans. Geomagic then aligns the two scans by matching up the selected points on each scan. Geomagic will then auto align the two scans to achieve a perfect alignment.

Important: You need to have enough overlap between each scan so you can select 3 corresponding points to align the scans with.

Step One: Capture multiple scans of your object using the 3D laser Scanner in Raindrop Geomagic, or import the scans into geomagic. Open your first scan in Raindrop Geomagic:

Step Two: Import the remaining scans into Raindrop Geomagic. Select File>Import, and select the next scan. Continue until you have loaded all of your scans into the same window.

. First you roughly align the various scans together.Imported Scans: Separate scans or imported scan files Corresponding Scans in the Modeling Window Step Three: Aligning the separate scans Getting the scans to align is a two step process. Note: The denser the scan. the more accurate the alignment. then you can auto refine the scans to align perfectly together. then select Tools>Registration>Manual Registration. Shift-Select each of the imported files in the side window.

A setup panel for Manual registration will appear. and select a scan to be aligned to the fixed scan. Fixed Scan Floating Scan Other two Scans Step Four: Defining Points for alignment. click on the Delete points button in the Panel. Click on Fixed. Select 3-Point Registration In the Define Sets Window. (The base scan. or the one with the most detail) Then click on Floating. If you mess up selecting points. . Click on three points in order on each scan both fixed and floating that coordinate. and then select the a scan to set as fixed.

click on the register button. . the files will automatically align. With the two files aligned. and geomagic with further refine the alignment of the two scans.When you click your 6th point.

Select Tools>Registration>Global Registration .After Hitting Register. This will automatically align the points in a scan. When All scans are aligned. Final Model with all Points Aligned. to a much higher degree of accuracy. click OK. you can then perform a Global Registration. Repeat process until all the scans are aligned. Click Next to setup the next scan for alignment. Step Five: Auto Registration After all of the scans have been manually aligned.

set your accuracy level. once it reached its set accuracy level the registration process will stop. click OK to set the adjustment. In this example it took 19 Iterations to match the accuracy setting. When done. . and click Apply You will see the model making little shifts as it adjusts the scans.In the panel.

you will need to turn it into a solid object first by offsetting the surface. The following settings will appear in the panel. click on Points>Wrap. IF you wanted to save it as an STL file for 3D printing. To do this. it is still a collection of points. You need to convert the points into a surface.Step Six: Converting scans to Surface models Even though your object looks like a surface. . At this point you can save your scanned object as a DXF surface. Step Seven: Export your file as an STL of DXF file type.

select Polygons>Shell. To change the direction. . Shelling of a surface dynamically offsets a surface. put in a negative value. Note: The arrows on the model indicate the offset direction. and direction in the settings pallet. Offset Thickness Offset Direction Arrow Click Apply to Preview the offset volume. You can specify the thickness.Shelling a surface: To offset a surface.

.Click OK when Done. and save the model as an STL file.