Although three-dimensional (3D) internal log images are useful to wood scientists for assessing internal log features, little work has been carried out on this subject. The aim of this paper was to demonstrate how two-dimensional (2D) log images may be combined to create 3D images of internal log features. The selected log features include heartwood, sapwood, bark, and knots in a sugar maple log and a black spruce log. The 2D cross-sectional images of the logs were acquired through computed tomography (CT) scanning. For each log, 72 successive 2D cross-sectional CT images of the log were employed to create the corresponding 3D internal log images based on the marching cubes algorithm. The results suggest that the proposed method can produce clear 3D images for each selected internal log features in sugar maple and black spruce. The accuracy analysis of the 3D reconstruction is still a huge challenge and should be fully investigated in future work.
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