WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Computer vision researchers use machine learning to train computers in visually recognizing objects – but very few apply machine learning to mechanical parts such as gearboxes, bearings, brakes, clutches, motors, nuts, bolts and washers.
A team of Purdue University mechanical engineers has created the first comprehensive open-source annotated database of more than 58,000 3D mechanical parts, designed to help researchers apply machine learning to those parts in actual machines.
“We are in the deep learning era, using computers to search for things visually,” said Karthik Ramani, Purdue’s Donald W. Feddersen Distinguished Professor of Mechanical Engineering. “But