2D or 3D Machine Vision? Why Not Both?

by Winn Hardin, Contributing Editor – AIA 

It wasn’t too many years ago that system designers and integrators would do whatever they could to avoid 3D machine vision. It required complex lighting systems, lots of processing power, more engineering, and even more money.

Today, with the increase of computing power and newer, faster CMOS camera sensors, 3D machine vision equipment and software suppliers have simplified 3D system setup while adding even more capabilities to their products, such as using both 2D and 3D images to make their systems even more robust. As a result, applications that would never have considered the cost of 3D are adopting the technology at record rates.


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