Reverse Engineering & 3D Scanning

There are numerous reasons for employing reverse engineering processes. For example, legacy components or parts may pre-date the digital age and by creating CAD models they can be integrated into new assemblies. Or equipment may no-longer be supported by the original supplier, or the supplier may have ceased trading and replacement parts cannot be obtained. By building CAD models of the parts, replacements can be manufactured by new suppliers.

In any case, the principles are the same although the processes may differ. Simple geometric parts may simply be measured and the parts replicated in a CAD system such as SolidWorks. Some effort may be required to establish the type and grade of the material, although an appreciation of the purpose of the part will lead the engineer to specify an appropriate material, which may well be a better choice than the original part anyway.

More complex parts, or parts with some organic form, would be scanned using a 3D scanner which produces a point-cloud of surface data. Depending on the part being scanned, the scanner will be a desktop device, be hand-held, or may be mounted on a tripod. This output from the scanner is imported into the CAD package and converted into a new digital model.

By employing this methodology, old parts can be revived and even improved upon. Products whose manufacturers have been consigned to the history books can have a new life, and customers hampered by dried-up supply can find commercially viable sources of essential components.

Charlie Victor can provide all the services required to fulfil your requirements for future-proofing your supply chain.