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Reverse Engineering

Turn parts into CAD with 3D scanning

Get your CAD in as little as 48 hours!

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?

Replacement Parts

Hard-to-find replacement parts can be 3D scanned and reverse engineered to create a manufacturable CAD model.

Legacy Parts

If the CAD files or drawings for your parts no longer exist, we can recreate them from the physical part.

Aftermarket Parts

Form-fitting aftermarket parts can be designed around the reverse engineered model of an OEM part.

Handmade Prototypes

Handmade prototypes such as sculptures with organic geometry can be digitized with reverse engineering.

Design Modification

Reverse engineering will allow you modify the design of a physical part that you don’t have CAD for.

Computational Analysis

Computational analysis methods such as FEA or CFD require CAD models.

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

Dumb Solid

Produced By: Reverse Engineering File Types: STEP, IGES
Applications: Machining, Molding, 3D Printing

Suite-Specific CAD

Produced By: Design from Scratch File Types: SLDPRT, IPT Applications: Design Modification, Tooling Design, Use in an Assembly