Inspection of curved surfaces

The Robotic Imaging System is equipped with laser distance measurement as standard. It is used by the system to map the shape of the sample before measuring. This information is used to navigate the robots around the sample to avoid collisions. It can also be used to automatically control the trajectory of movement of the robots so that, for example, they maintain a constant distance from the surface and the angle to it. This is illustrated on a curved honeycomb sample, where all honeycomb cells are displayed perpendicularly. This makes it easy to check, for example, sufficiency of glue, bubbles, etc.