Situations sometime arise where classical 2D vision techniques are unable to perform the required localization, recognition, inspection, or measurement tasks. These circumstances range from an inability to obtain the necessary consistent contrast from conventional illumination to needing the pose of an object with six degrees of freedom. This is where 3D vision tools step in—whether alone or in combination with 2D vision tools—to carry out the job.
MIL X has a rich set of tools for performing 3D processing and analysis. These tools work on the 3D data produced by profile and snapshot sensors as well as stereo and time-of-flight (ToF) cameras. Consult the Camera Interfacing section for a list of qualified makes. The 3D data supported by MIL X can also come from a Stanford Polygon Format (PLY) or stereolithography (STL) file.