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Successful participation at the Monaco Grand Prix despite a broken car engine 8 weeks before the race

race car engine parts replacement

Challenge: Urgent replacement of a defective part of an engine

The preparation for a car race always requires a series of tests on the engine. All the components must work at their full potential since the race will put them to the test. What can one do when a connecting rod, which moves the pistons up and down, comes out of the side of the engine? How can the engine be repaired with only eight weeks before the Monaco Grand Prix? How can old parts be fitted or remade in time? 

Solution: Use reverse engineering to generate a scan file ready for CAD

Thanks to a 3D scanner, data from the parts to redesign were quickly scanned. Not only that, but the software used with the 3D scanner could generate a precise mesh ready to be transferred into CAD software. Five days later, 12 pistons went into production, and the new parts were ready three weeks later. The bottom line: 3D scanning can be used beyond scanning the car body. Users can scan critical engine parts with metrology-grade precision for production.

Benefit: Surprisingly fast and accurate reverse engineering thanks to 3D scanning

3D scanners massively improve accuracy and lessen time when reverse engineering cars and their associated parts. Not only were the broken parts accurately redesigned, but they were also produced at record speed. Moreover, using this technology also helps to reduce the mental fatigue of engineers who, in the past, would have relied on traditional methods or their knowledge to model a component.

Redesign Sports Ltd

“At RSL we did a lot of market research before we opted for a Creaform HandySCAN 3D," says the owner of UK’s company Redesign Sports Ltd (RSL). "I had a demo and the salesman could scan half the car in 15 minutes. That was a game changer for me. It comes with the scanning software VXelements, which scans to mesh directly rather than other scanners which scan as a point cloud and then convert to a mesh. We remodeled every single component in the same way and sent all the parts out to different manufacturers. The parts had only ever been together on the screen in SOLIDWORKS, but when they all arrived they fitted perfectly together straight away", he adds. Moreover, for those who wonder: “The car drove magnificently in Monaco." confirms RSL's owner.