WHAT IS REVERSE ENGINEERING?
Reverse engineering is the process by which an object is deconstructed to reveal its design, architecture or extract information. We use 3D scanning to recreate digital data in the form of a 3D model from an existing part.
Reverse engineering is used when the original manufacturer no longer manufactures a product, there is not enough information on the original design, in product improvement where bad features need to be designed out and to strengthen good features.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
3D Scanners scan an object as a mesh. This mesh is transferred into a CAD software where the mesh is refined and reverse engineered into solid shapes. The regenerated model can then be 3D printed.
Reverse Engineering Process : Object -> Scan -> Re bridge -> CAD model -> Manufacturing Cycle
ADVANTAGES OF REVERSE ENGINEERING
MANUFACTURE OBSOLETE PARTS
Old parts that aren’t manufactured anymore can be manufactured again in a one-off circumstance.
IMPROVE EXISTING DESIGNS
Design flaws and strengths can be studied and used to improve the next iteration of the product.
REGENERATE PRODUCT DATA
Regenerate and recreate lost product data.
High degree of precision as compared to manual measurements.
REVERSE ENGINEERING TECHNOLOGIES
ZEISS COMET L3D8M
At Imaginarium we use the Zeiss Comet L3D8M with blue LED fringe projection for 3D scanning objects. The system generates a full surface scan, digitizes the data, and helps generate a solid CAD model in no time.