How Does The 6-Step Reverse Engineering Process Work?

Reverse engineering is crucial for product manufacturing and modification. In product design, reverse engineering allows us to learn more about how our products work. 3D scanner reverse engineering makes the process more efficient and accurate than ever!

Thanks to this modern technology, we no longer have to disassemble products for reverse engineering manually. Laser scanners enable us to capture the fine details and structure of the product and turn it into a 3D model. 3D scanning allows us to get the most precise measurements, thus making the entire process faster. 

Tangent Solutions is a trusted 3D scanning company that offers reverse engineering services through laser scans. To better understand how 3D scanning reverse engineering works, knowing the step-by-step process is crucial.

1. Prepare The Object

3D scanning is a fast, efficient process, but it does take a little preparation to get the best results. 3D scanners use lasers to plot points and create data on the measurements, size, and dimensions of the scanned object. 

Before scanning, it’s important to cover reflective surfaces with a matte coating to ensure accurate results. Uncovered reflective materials can skew the results and render them useless.

2. Scan The Object

High-quality 3D scanners use lasers to create a digital mesh that outlines all the features of an object. We’ll scan your item from all angles during this process, ensuring that the lasers capture as much data as needed to generate an accurate, reliable mesh. 

There are different types of 3D scanners used for reverse engineering, but the laser-based scanner remains the most reliable and widely used equipment.

3. Process And Refine The Resulting Data File

After completing the first pass with our lasers, we’ll likely do additional scans to highlight the details and ensure the measurements are entirely accurate. This will refine the digital mesh and complete it so we can process the file with high precision.

4. Convert File For CAD Use

The raw mesh file is generally very large and difficult to work with. Some clients request this file so they can convert it themselves and use it for specific purposes, but many request that we convert the raw file into a CAD file that is easier to work with. 

We convert files using 3D rendering software. For larger objects, the conversion will take longer. CAD files are essential for reverse engineering, as they allow you to see detailed measurements and other features.

5. Create A CAD Model

Our team can create a complete CAD model in a variety of file types, depending on your preferred software. A fully-rendered CAD model can be used for many purposes, including simulations, optimization, and more. You can use your CAD model for endless design and production purposes, including 3D printing. 

6. Complete Your Project

This step looks different for all of our clients. Reverse engineering serves many purposes, including research and development. Gaining a better understanding of how an item is made can help product designers improve their next project.

Many of our clients also use this process to improve upon their existing designs. A CAD file can be edited and used for prototyping. This option can also help businesses maintain systems that are aging and may not have replacement parts readily available. A comprehensive 3D scan can help them recreate these essential parts. 

Whatever your needs, our team at Tangent Solutions offer comprehensive reverse engineering services to help your business thrive. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help with 3D scanning, printing, and more!

SEAN KEPLER

Sean is head engineer with his previous career stemming from mechanical engineering, automotive dynamics, and aerospace. Pulling from real-world experience, he has over 15 years of experience as a designer and in fabrication. Before creating Tangent Solutions, Sean was the lead designer for many winning off-road race teams as well as mass-market production companies

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About Tangent Solutions

Tangent Solutions offers the latest in 3D scanning technology paired with 15 years of CAD design experience, to bring your ideas to reality. Our team specializes in reverse engineering and data verification.