Automatic classification of block-shaped parts based on their 2D projections

Jung-Hong Chuang*, P. H. Wang, Muh-Cherng Wu

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This paper presents a classification scheme for 3D block-shaped parts. A part is block-shaped if the contours of its orthographic projections are all rectangles. A block-shaped part is classified based on its partitioned view-contours, which are the result of partitioning the contours of its orthographic projections by visible or invisible projected line segments. The regions and their adjacency in a partitioned view-contour are first converted to a graph, then to a reference tree, and finally to a vector form, with which a back-propagation neural network classifier can be trained and applied. The proposed back-propagation neural network classifier is in a cascaded structure and has advantages that each network can be limited to a small size and trained independently. Based on the classification results on their partitioned view-contours, parts are grouped into families that can be in one of the three levels of similarity. Extensive empirical tests have been performed; the pros and cons of the approach are also investigated.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)697-718
Number of pages22
JournalComputers and Industrial Engineering
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jul 1999


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