Turn parts into CAD with 3D scanning
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How does reverse engineering from a 3D scan work?
1. Receive Parts
First you’ll have to ship us your parts or drop them off if you’re local to us.
2. 3D Scanning
Once we receive your parts, we’ll scan them with our high-resolution 3D scanners.
3. Reverse Engineer
We’ll then reverse engineer your parts, essentially recreating the CAD using the scan as a template.
4. CAD File
The end result is a STEP or IGES file that can be used for manufacturing, modification or documentation.
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What are the applications?
Why do I need to reverse engineer?
All 3D models are not created equal
3D scanning produces a point map, or “mesh”, of an object’s surface that makes no distinction between features such as faces or holes. For many applications, the mesh needs to be converted into a solid model, such as an IGES or STEP file via reverse engineering.
These “dumb” solids can be used with most manufacturing processes to replicate your part directly. However, these files are not without their own limitations. STEP and IGES files lack the feature tree that you would have had you designed your part from scratch in a CAD package.
Which 3D Printing Technology is Right for You?
Produced By: 3D Scanning File Types: STL, PLY, OBJ, WRL Applications: Part Inspection, GD&T, Computational Analysis, etc
Produced By: Reverse Engineering File Types: STEP, IGES Applications: Machining, Molding, 3D Printing
Produced By: Design from Scratch File Types: SLDPRT, IPT Applications: Design Modification, Tooling Design, Use in an Assembly