The M3D project will develop a complete processing chain for capturing, processing, 3D modelling, searching in data bases and 3D printing of spare parts. M3D is our latest project supported by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi).
M3D describes an ongoing collaborated project of different partners dealing with mobile 3D capturing and 3D printing for industrial applications. The constantly increasing speed of digital data transfer lead to the fact that capturing, processing and production of audio and video data as well as of multimedia-based documents of all kinds became location independent. Furthermore, the rapid advances in input and output technologies for 3D data allow the processes for capturing, processing and production to become location independent, too. An important aspect in this context is also the fast development of additive production methods, in the media better known as 3D printing. Whereas these technologies were mostly used industrially for the production of prototype parts new applications are aiming at the production of actual products or spare parts. There are already several attempts to improve the quality of the different parts by optimizing the processes. This will result in substantial savings with respect to warehousing, logistics and human resources and enable an individual production on site, which is especially suitable for small quantities or for the procurement of spare parts. However, fast and inexpensive processes for the provision of 3D data are still missing.
Therefore the M3D project will conceptionally and technologically analyse the huge potential of the latest developments in this sector and demonstrate it in prototypical form using the example of spare parts in industrial applications. Thus, during the project term a complete processing chain for capturing, processing, 3D modelling, searching in data bases and 3D printing of spare parts will be developped. Special emphasis is put on the use of mobile devices and on processing in the cloud, which will enable the technician on site or the consumer to become part of a distributed production process.
The following figure gives a brief overview about the operational procedure for mobile capturing, shared processing and addititve production of 3D objects using 3D printing.
Using the example of spare parts in industrial applications the M3D project will conceptionally and technologically analyse the huge potential of the latest developments in this sector and demonstrate it in prototypical form. Basically, the project consists of five main goals:
- Development of new image and sensor based algorithms for 3D capturing
- Development of procedures and algorithms for data management and identification
- Development of procedures for data processing for additive production
- Development of techniques for a cloud based support of fast, real time capable 3D data processing
- Set up of a demonstrator for testing these newly developped technologies
The project is divided into different work packages (WP 1 – WP 7) which are dedicated to the single elements of the processing chain. The project partners will contribute their expertise to different work packages and gather the results.
WP1: Project Management
WP2: Requirements and System Architecture
WP3: Mobile 3D Capturing und 3D Reconstruction
WP4: Data Management and Algorithms for Identification
WP5: Modeling of Data for Additive Production
WP6: Hardware Accelerated Server Architecture for Cloud Processing
WP7: Integration & Demonstrator Set Up