3D Data Processing

The research group 3D Data Processing focuses on R&D projects and customized development for acquisition, modeling, analysis and visualization of 3D and 4D surface and volume data, targeting related software and system solutions.

Naturally, technical and algorithmic tools resulting from such work are of interest for many purposes and sectors. They are successfully applied for quality control tasks in industrial applications, building surveying, restauration and documentation, in medical, dental and orthopedic engineering, ceramic or apparel industry as well as in art and culture.

The group 3D Data Processing group also organizes the well-established annual GFaI workshop 3D-NordOst (3D-NorthEast).


  • Non-contact (optical) 3D and 4D measurement
  • Filtering and processing of 3D scan data
  • Algorithm development and software engineering for scanning, modeling, analysis, visualization and documentation of 3D data
  • Customized software tools for analysis and modification of 3D models
  • Layout and realization of devices and systems aimed at non-contact 3D measurement and control tasks on the base of orders or licenses
  • Customized 3D solutions
  • Combined 2D and 3D techniques, cascaded 3D sensors, deformation analysis (4D), support tools for additive manufacturing (3D printing)
  • Automated derivation of parametric information from large-scale 3D coordinate sets
  • 3D measurement and digitization services, 3D modelling and 3D documentation

Research Projects


Dynamic body geometry and motion measurement system

Development of a new measurement and analysis technique that combines the acquisition of global body motions with non-contact local deformation measurements. Applicable for the documentation of area-related deformation and the creation of 4D (3D + time) object models (object is the human body).

Funded by: Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy / INNO-KOM (MF); funding code: MF 100075


System development targeting the control and documentation of therapy and healing flow for patients with spine diseases and deformations

New complete solution for therapy progress and healing flow control targeting several spine deformation indicators by using knowledge- and geometry-based modeling.

Funded by: Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy; funding code: KF 2083623DB3


Basics, design principles, model and algorithm development for requirement specific cellular and bionic component design, targeting additive manufacturing (AM) applications

Development of basic algorithms for new effective software tools and utilities that are used by designers and engineers, for the generation of complex and optimized components. For this, technical potential of AM technologies is used.

Funded by: Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy / INNO-KOM (VF); funding code: VF 140039


Highly parallelized, process-integrated stereometric measurement systems for large components

Development and testing of modular stereometric measurement systems based on a large number of parallel or grouped sensor modules, suitable for the integration in production or assembly lines.

Funded by: Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy / INNO-KOM (MF); funding code: MF 120027


Development of a compact 3D sensor

A compact, lightweight, high-precision 3D sensor for small measurement areas was developed. It is suitable for mounting on robots and NC machines and freely positionable for measurement and inspection tasks.

Funded by: Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy / INNO-KOM; funding code: IW091038

LoboScore / CowScore3D

Integration of an image-based stereometric sensor system for real time data acquisition in cow barns targeting the analysis of cow spine geometries

Development of an automated solution for the objective and continuous evaluation of claw health and nutritional condition of dairy cows.

The target system should be able to combine established evaluation methods like Locomotion Scoring and Body Condition Scoring with a cost-effective and efficient in-barn environment image and geometry acquisition system.

Funded by: Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy; funding code: 16KN016247


Modular algorithms for closed foam mechanics

Development of an integrated comprehensive method for the analysis, modelling and simulation of closed-cell polymer rigid foam materials and its implementation in a prototype software solution

The work aims at property and parameter prediction of real foam materials with regard to their mechanical, thermic or acoustic behavior and the optimization of new designed technical foams.

The tasks of GFaI in this cooperative project included software tool development for visualization, standard analysis and simulations of rigid polymer foam materials.

Funded by: Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy / Industrielle Gemeinschaftsforschung; funding code: 16912BG


Two-chamber system for process integrated color classification and product monitoring

Development of a flexible, process integrated system solution for the control of color, reflectance and translucence properties of mass products in serial production lines. Besides the reliable basic functionality, special attention was payed to simple task specific adaptations of measurement and target parameters (measurement area, ROI, area or point based control, inclusion of 3D geometry or material properties like translucency or shininess.

Funded by: Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy; funding code: MF120079