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Journal of Sensors
Volume 2017, Article ID 9576850, 11 pages
Review Article

Review and Comparison of High-Dynamic Range Three-Dimensional Shape Measurement Techniques

1Key Laboratory of Mechanical Equipment Manufacturing and Control Technology of Ministry of Education, Guangdong University of Technology, Guangzhou 510006, China
2School of Physics and Mechatronics Engineering, Shaoguan University, Shaoguan 512005, China
3Guangdong Provincial Key Laboratory of Optomechatronics, Shenzhen 518057, China

Correspondence should be addressed to Jian Gao; nc.ude.tudg@naijoag

Received 8 November 2016; Revised 7 February 2017; Accepted 26 February 2017; Published 12 April 2017

Academic Editor: Armando V. Razionale

Copyright © 2017 Hui Lin et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


In the last decade, a significant number of techniques for three-dimensional (3D) shape measurement have been proposed. There are a large number of measurement demands for metallic workpieces with shiny surfaces in industrial applications; however, such shiny surfaces cannot be directly measured using the conventional structured light method. Therefore, various techniques have been investigated to solve this problem over the last few years. Some reviews summarize the different 3D imaging techniques; however, no comprehensive review exists that provides an insight into high-dynamic range (HDR) 3D shape measurement techniques used for shiny surfaces. We present a survey of recent HDR techniques for the digitization of shiny surfaces and classify and discuss the advantages and drawbacks of different techniques with respect to each other.