Reverse Engineering

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Turn parts into CAD with 3D scanning

  • Replace hard-to-find parts

  • Digitize handmade prototypes

  • Get CAD for legacy parts

  • Speed up your product development

Get your CAD in as little as 48 hours!

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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.

What are the applications?

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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.

Types of 3D Models

Mesh

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