The objective of this project was to streamline the in-process verification of 2D sheetmetal parts by providing a vision based inspection workstation and software applications for the inspection planner. The goal was to develop an interactive inspection planning application which reads an IGES file representing an unfolded blank, and automatically generates inspection plans and setup instructions for the inspection workstation. The inspection workstation automatically executes the inspection plan and generates an inspection report for the part. The workstation and planning applications were successfully demonstrated for a family of sheetmetal features including holes, slots, rectangles, hexagons, keyholes, and patterns. Use of the system resulted in dramatic lime savings over manual inspection methods.

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