Reverse Engineering

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The Process:

The measurement of the object is done with non-contact methods such as structured (white and blue) light 3d scanning, laser 3d digitizing, X-ray type CT scanning, and 3D photogrammetry being the most common. The output of almost all 3d scanners is a grid or collection of points commonly called a point cloud. The number of these points can reach in the hundreds of millions. Each point has an x,y,z coordinate similar to a point measured on a CMM ( coordinate measuring machine). These points are then processed to remove redundant or overlapping points. The resulting 3D model is a triangular mesh and is usually stored in *.stl or *.obj formats. Based on requirements, the triangular mesh is then imported into specialized reverse engineering software, and converted into virtual 3D CAD models.

Type of parts:

A huge variety of objects can be reverse engineered, with size ranging from pin sized to ship sized objects. Simple or complex, dark or light, soft or hard, rough or fine, metal or plastic, almost any object can be measured with non contact scanning technology and the data transformed into 3D virtual models. Some of the common objects that we come across are dies and molds, plastic injection molded parts, sheet metal stamped parts, museum artifacts, handmade prototypes, assembly parts, cast and machined parts, sports equipment, aftermarket automotive parts, consumer objects, medical and aerospace equipment, construction materials, clay models ,antiquities, and much more.


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Benefits

    Create OEM quality 3D data for any part, die, mold or machine.

    Troubleshoot assembly fit problems with digital assembly models.

    Scan prototype or clay models and create tooling to manufacture them

    Replace missing or damaged die or mold details, or legacy parts.

    Fast and accurate process replaces slow CMM’s.

    Create aftermarket products for OEM vehicles.

    Great help in designing complex products.

    Get to the market faster with lower development costs.

Uses

    Great tool to study wear analysis

    Archive any museum or heritage artifact for future reproduction.

    Easily modify existing dies and molds , even if current data is not available.

    Watertight solid models let you machine directly from our data.

    Our data works with any CAD system.

    Save time and money in product development

    and many more…