Monday, September 1, 2014

How to build 3D Toolkit's SLAM6D on Ubuntu 64 bit

The open source 3D Toolkit provides tools to process 3D point clouds. The binary executables can be downloaded but unfortunately they may be outdated. The latest and greatest can be downloaded from the source code repository but you must build and compile the code. I could not compile it successfully on Windows but I could do it on the latest Ubuntu 14.04 64 bit operating system.

The following steps show how to build SLAM6D on Ubuntu.

  1. In Ubuntu, open a Terminal window.
  2. If necessary, update Ubuntu and download the g++ compiler and other development essentials. Run the following commands.

    $ sudo apt-get update
    $ sudo apt-get install build-essential

  3. Download the latest SLAM6D source code to a folder e.g. /home/obama/Documents/slam6d-code.

    $ svn checkout slam6d-code
  4. Install the prerequisite Boost libraries.

    $ sudo apt-get install libboost-all-dev libcv-dev freeglut3-dev libxmu-dev libxi-dev
  5. Use an Internet browser to download the latest OpenCV source code for Linux from Extract the files into a folder e.g. /home/obama/Documents/opencv-2.4.9/.
  6. In a Terminal window, use cmake to configure OpenCV source code by entering the following commands.

    $ cd opencv-2.4.9
    $ mkdir release
    $ cd release

  7. Now compile and install OpenCV.

    $ make
    $ sudo make install

  8. Compile and build the SLAM6D source code downloaded previously.

    $ cd slam6d-code
    $ make

At this point, the SLAM6D executables would have been built and can be used to process 3D point clouds.

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