Reverse engineering

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Reverse engineering

From a 3D scan to a 3D file

Reverse engineering is the ideal solution for a part without an existing 3D file. It is done using a point cloud obtained earlier by 3D scan.

The aim of this stage is to transform the data from the 3D scan into a file that is fully compatible with your CAD software.

  • Our equipment comprises the best scanners on the market.
  • Once we have identified your needs together, the resulting file will match your requirements precisely.
  • Our expertise and technical knowledge of the products ensures optimum service as we work closely with your departments.
Applications of reverse engineering

Ideal use of measurements

There are many and varied applications of reverse engineering, from repairing defective parts to improving overall performance, to understanding the design of competitor products and optimising the supply chain.
  • Examine a new product using the old design developed without CAD.
  • Develop a product from a design mock-up
  • Improve produce performance and/or features.
  • Re-build an injection / moulding / stamping tool for which you have no 3D file, incorporating improvements made over time.
  • Swiftly deploy preliminary design with tangible geometric elements to use (mechanical or electronic elements, boxes, chassis, etc.).
  • Analyse a COTS product to define and adapt your own constraints.
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2 types of reverse engineering

We offer Rapid or Standard reverse engineering depending on your needs.
Rapid reverse engineering

This type of file guarantees you a complete reconstruction.
Its structure is suitable for very complex shapes, for example sculptures or organic shapes (animals or plants).

  • Benefits: controlled costs, swift creation, compatible with all CAD and CAD/CAM solutions.
  • Limits: very limited later modifications possible, unsuited to prismatic geometries.
  • Formats: .iges or .step.
Standard reverse engineering

These files are identical to those traditionally generated in CAD.
The difference lies in the way the information derived from the digitisation is used.
They enable the perfect definition of all forms, produce perfect geometries and incorporate technology-related constraints into the manufacturing process.
We can also offer you files configured with their chronological design tree view.

  • Benefits: precise and editable definition of geometries, perfect for prismatic geometries.
  • Limits: production cost and time, difficulty to recreate very complex geometries.
  • Formats: .iges, .step, parasolid or native CAD files.
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Our strengths

Technical expertise

We offer several packages and will guide you in your selection, to achieve a rational and optimised solution.

The know-how of our technicians and the performance of our equipment enable high quality work on complex geometries that are difficult to model.

We use specialist software solutions that optimise the use of the measurements we take:

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3D scanning

We use our 3D optical scanner to capture the geometrical form of your parts and transform the data into a 3D file.
3D scanning
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3D Scan inspection

Analysis of dimensional and/or shape differences between the nominal file and the scanned part.
3D Scan inspection
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Metrology and tomography

2D and 3D measurements or geometrical analysis with conventional optical or X-ray equipment.
Metrology and tomography