Cognex has released the DS1100, their latest product entry into 3D vision space.
The system is a structured light 3D scanner with a single laser line light source and single receiver. It’s a line scan technology so either the target must be moved across the camera’s scanning area or vice-versa. It comes as a single factory-calibrated unit with Z-resolution as small as 7 microns. The system is programmed using Cognex VisionPro, giving full access to Cognex’s tools on the topographical image that is captured, allowing such solutions as performing OCR – Optical Character Recognition – on embossed or raised characters.
Typical 2D applications can now be done in the 3D world. Part defects can be measured as surface defects, area measurements can be expanded to volume measurements, and 2D location can now include a ‘Z’ (height) component.
It’s a powerful tool and we understand Cognex is expanding the feature set/product line to cover even more applications (different fields of view, different light spectrums).