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Reverse Engineering Services
ABOUT Reverse Engineering Services
Technology: Reverse Engineering Services are a group of techniques that engineering firms, etc. use to recreate engineering designs from existing parts. Reverse engineering relies heavily on scanning and digitizing and similar measuring activities to produce working drawings from prototypes, obsolete parts, etc. The practice is applied in a range of industries, from aftermarket auto parts makers to aerospace firms needing to import legacy parts data into their digital engineering systems. OEMs use reverse engineering to investigate wear of products that are in use or which have failed prematurely. Software developers, forensic firms, etc. all use reverse engineering services to evaluate existing systems, components, etc.

Reverse engineering of parts typically involves laser scanning or computed tomography systems which create a point cloud of the product's relevant dimensions. With reverse engineering software, a polymesh or similar representation of the object is created which is exported to a CAD program for further analysis, etc. From the CAD program, tool paths can be constructed and brought into a CAM program, which directs the part's manufacture.

Advantages: Reverse engineering has become an ideal method of creating CAD files for parts where no CAD files exist.
  • Parts can be created to reflect "as built" or "as designed" conditions
  • Well suited for discovering interface points of existing products that will mate with new designs
  • Parts with complex curves that are difficult to describe in software can be sculpted in clay or wax and scanned into CAD


  • Reverse Engineering Limitations
  • Scanning of surfaces does not capture design intent
  • Actual parts may not reflect the original design, some interpretation from a manufacturing perspective may be needed

    Applications: Reverse engineering services can be used for parts, structures, software, etc.
  • Benchmarking
  • Documentation
  • Redesign
  • As-is analysis
  • Finding fits and interfaces
  • Remodeling/repair
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