(I am a graduate student in Mechanical Engineering at RIT)
I am currently researching methods of using laser scanning or computed tomography to evaulate the craftsmanship of products such as automobiles.
I have found plenty of information on algorithms to reconstruct surfaces from point cloud data. I have also found many vendors who can create CAD models based on this data. What I am still looking for is papers or other sources that show how these techniques cab be used to measure the overall quality of a product. For example, the fit of two automobile panels, consistency of surface finish, and tolerances in assembled parts.
if anyone knows of any researchers, companies, or papers that might have information on this, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.