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Reverse Engineering

Reverse Engineering is the process of measuring a part or object and then creating a CAD model of the part/object that reflects how it was to be designed originally (Design Intent).

Produces a 3D model which can be converted to CAD that describes a sample part. Reverse Engineering software is used to import the scanned point cloud, manipulate, mathematically smooth and combine the scanned data so a representative NURBS surface model can be created.


  • reate a 3D model for further CAD design or adaptation.
  • Create a "legacy" or "golden" part where no CAD or part drawing exists.
  • Create an "as-built" model of a tool so wear over time can be compared?
  • Competitive part/product analysis
  • Archival or historical preservation of artifacts to create a 3D record or copy.

Rapid Prototyping

  • A sample part or physical model is scanned and converted to CAD representation of the part, which can then be reproduced with a 3D printer.

Copy Milling

  • Producing a duplicate of a sample part directly from the point cloud scan data. CAM software is used to read the scan cloud data and produce machining instructions for machine tools.

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