What the Industry Needs
Reverse engineering is a process by which the design of a product is analysed or re-created using a physical part as a starting point. This becomes really valuable when trying to extract the design intent from a seat prototype or when benchmarking competitive products. The main goal here would be to create a 3D model that would match the functional design of the original one (in this case mostly the ergonomics). The critical steps in reverse engineering are acquiring, accurately and efficiently, the shapes of the seat (mostly freeform) and extracting the information from the resulting scan in order to recreate the model or part of the model (extracting some specific features of the design).
Advantages of the HandySCAN 3D Solution
Reverse engineering calls for the acquisition of dimensions on parts of various shapes and complexity, potentially performed in any kind of environment. The HandySCAN 3D can perform the acquisition directly in the design studio but also on the customer's site or directly inside any vehicle.
Since the designer wants to recreate the functional design of the part, the acquisition must be accurate and give all the information needed to reproduce a new reference model for the part to be manufactured. The HandySCAN 3D will provide complete and accurate mesh models.
The HandySCAN 3D solution helps save a considerable amount of time relative to traditional measurement methods. Dimensions that are necessary for the reverse engineering process are quickly measured and are made readily available so that the designer can perform the work. Since seats are mostly freeform shapes, only a scan can give you the information needed.