Reverse engineering using 3D scan data is the most efficient way to generate a CAD model from a physical object that has any kind of complex or free form shape. While using traditional measurement techniques such as calipers to reverse engineer these complex surfaces can be difficult or even impossible, 3D laser scanning shines – literally! Although this scan data can easily be turned into a model representing its as-built shape (a shrinkwrap model), we specialize in creating models that match original as-designed features – even parametric ones.

REVERSE ENGINEERING MODEL TYPES
Our reverse engineering process outputs files in 3 major categories. However, every client’s file is further customized to meet their exact requirements, as every project is different.

PARAMETRIC MODEL
CHARACTERISTICS

  • Ideal data converted from scan data
    Can ignore or incorporate manufacturing defects
    Parametric solid model
    Modify model parametrically
    Can be Class A surfaced

WHEN TO USE

  • Modifications to the file are going to be made
    2D drawings are needed
    Surface finish must be smooth (for manufacturing)
    Buildings parts on or around scanned part

HYBRID SURFACE MODEL

CHARACTERISTICS

  • Ideal data converted from scan data
  • Can ignore or incorporate manufacturing defects
  • “Dumb” IGES surfaces or solid
  • Modifications require re-trimming
  • Can be Class A surfaced

WHEN TO USE

  • Few modifications to the file are going to be made
  • 2D drawings are needed
  • Surface finish must be smooth (for manufacturing)
  • Buildings parts on or around scanned part

SHRINKWRAP SURFACE MODEL

CHARACTERISTICS

  • Captures as-built state
  • Includes manufacturing defects
  • Patch-work of small surfaces
  • Non Class A surface finish

WHEN TO USE

  • Need as-built state
  • Designing parts to fit as-built state
  • Surface finish is not critical
  • Free form shapes such as teeth, bones, sculptures, and custom-fit molds

Engineering Services:

Detail design, with Project management & Assuring Quality Procurement Engineering & Design.

Industry's served
  • Pipeline Engineers
  • Piping Designers
  • Steel Structural Designers
  • Instrumentation Designers
  • Electrical Designers
  • Piping Stress Engineers
  • Material Engineers
  • Project schedulers
  • Procurement