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Reverse Engineering

Reverse engineering is a process that involves measuring a physical object and reconstructing it as a 3D model to recover the design intent—a perfect reconstruction of the original design—in terms of simple analytical surfaces (planes, cylinders, etc.) and freeform surfaces (NURBS) in order to produce a new reference CAD model.

As CAD engineers and industrial designers, you have the critical task of adapting and maintaining parts with shapes that are frequently organic and complex. Since the CAD models are often no longer available or difficult to find, you have to reconstruct the 3D models and integrate them into the design.

The reasons for reverse engineering are multiple: to replace damaged components (for which CAD models are nonexistent), to update obsolete parts, to fit new parts into a current assembly or environment, to generate new manufacturing plans, or simply to analyze competitors’ product features. 3D scanners are generally the preferred technology for extracting dimensional information and representing it as a point cloud or an automatic and instant mesh.

Creaform Solution

Creaform’s handheld 3D scanners enable CAD engineers and industrial designers to create 3D models from existing physical objects. In addition, scan-to-CAD software offers you the flexibility to clean, align, and optimize the scanned data, and it allows you to extract dimensional information from the mesh before transferring it to CAD software.

High-resolution, versatile, easy-to-use, and quick 3D scanning tools and software are the solutions to fulfill your goals and overcome your challenges.

  • High level of detail:

    With high resolution for intricate details and full color support, the scan quality is impeccable for modeling freeform surfaces and showing the smallest features.
  • Versatility:

    With advanced laser and optical technologies and limitless scanning volumes, 3D scanners can measure any part, regardless of size, shape, material, surface finish, and complexity.
  • Simplicity:

    With a plug-and-play device and a user-friendly interface, scanning objects without preparation has never been easier, regardless of the user’s experience.
  • Speed:

    Unlike a point cloud, the generated mesh is already lightened and processed, ready to be integrated seamlessly into your preferred reverse engineering, CAD, or 3D printing software.

Applications Example

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The Rise of Automation in Aerospace, Defense, and Industrial Gas Turbine Applications

Measure castings with high-productivity industrial measuring cells. Monitor the measurement deviations. Explain the tendencies to customers.

3D scanning to improve quality control in additive manufacturing processes for large parts

3D scanning has become a game changer for companies that use additive manufacturing techniques. Discover the benefits of 3D scanning with 3D printing.

Measuring Impeller Turbines in Harsh Manufacturing Environments

Identify and correct defects on impeller blades quickly and easily. Compare and analyze their dimensional information against target data (CAD).

Design, Development, Engineering, and Refitting of Professional Yachts and Boats

Measure boat propellers and interior yacht cabins precisely in order to offer higher quality design and refit work.

A More Efficient Design Process Leads to Superior Products

Gain new contracts and become more competitive on the market. Accelerate delivery to customers. Get a perfect fit on the first installation.

3D scanning in OEMs [automotive] and aftermarket sectors

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