Searching the Optimal Parameters of a 3D Scanner Through Particle Swarm Optimization Chapter Conference Paper uri icon


  • The project that gave rise to these results received the support of a fellowship from ”la Caixa” Foundation (ID 100010434). The fellowship code is LCF/BQ/DI20/11780028. This work has also been supported by FCT - Fundação para a Ciência e Tecnologia within the Project Scope: UIDB/05757/2020.
  • The recent growth in the use of 3D printers by independent users has contributed to a rise in interest in 3D scanners. Current 3D scanning solutions are commonly expensive due to the inherent complexity of the process. A previously proposed low-cost scanner disregarded uncertainties intrinsic to the system, associated with the measurements, such as angles and offsets. This work considers an approach to estimate these optimal values that minimize the error during the acquisition. The Particle Swarm Optimization algorithm was used to obtain the parameters to optimally fit the final point cloud to the surfaces. Three tests were performed where the Particle Swarm Optimization successfully converged to zero, generating the optimal parameters, validating the proposed methodology.

publication date

  • 2021