What the Industry Needs
Reverse engineering is a process by which the design of a product is analysed or recreated using a physical part as a starting point. During the design process for a new product, clay models and different types of prototypes will be made in order to test, evaluate and validate the conceptual design. This process is usually iterative and requires several modifications to the original design. For that reason, reverse engineering can become a valuable solution for extracting the dimensions of handmade models, clay models and prototypes; especially those with freeform shapes. You could also acquire the 3D geometry of an existing object in order to incorporate some of its features in the new product design. In addition to that, a 3D scanning solution can also provide a powerful tool for documenting and archiving the different design iterations.
The critical steps in reverse engineering are acquiring, accurately and efficiently, the dimensions of the object and extracting the necessary information from the resulting scan in order to create the new design with the right look and functionality.
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 on a production floor.
Since the designer wants to recreate the design with the model or prototype as a reference, the acquisition must be accurate and give all the information needed to create a CAD 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 compared 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.