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What is Reverse Engineering with a 3D Scanner?

3D scanning is an increasingly popular technology for manufacturing, in this video we outline how reverse engineering with a 3D scanner can be incorporated into your design workflow.

Why Reverse Engineer with a 3D Scanner?

3D scanning allow users to scan geometries and digitize physical objects, so they can acquire data for custom molds, casts, packages, etc. They can be used in a range of applications from automotive/mechanical, quality control, design process, metrology, healthcare and even reverse engineering. Because of their many use-cases, industries including medical, industrial design and manufacturing, science and education, 3D services, animation and graphics and human sculptures are embracing this technology.

What is the process?

Reverse engineering, also referred to as backwards engineering, is the process of extracting information from pre-existing objects and reproducing them based on the information gathered.

Reverse engineering process

Reverse engineering process

It starts with a physical object that you:

  1. 3D scan and reconstruct the surface, and then
  2. 3D print the object or
  3. Detect features to do further surface modeling or feature based modeling.

How will Reverse Engineering with a 3D Scanner impact your workflow?

Reverse engineering allows scan to print with zero manipulation and scan to CAD with the ability to create models and assemblies with nowhere near a CAD/CAE configuration. Some of the capabilities of a scanned model include surface extraction, based modeling and hybrid modeling. Plus, with the add-in for SOLIDWORKS, users can efficiently work on mesh healing, feature extraction, auto surface features and use SOLIDWORKS workflow and interface.