Reverse Engineering Services

Make Your 3D Models Fully Functional

The reverse engineering process allows you to reconstruct a project when current 3D models are not available or no longer exist. Paired with 3D scanning services, 3D scan data is transformed into a fully functional digital model that can be cycled, flexed, and rotated.

Reverse engineering services are essential to collect precise data points such as ID, OD, and other measurements. The type of data delivered from 3D laser scanning is  especially useful for product design using CAD software in conjunction with 3D printing for a real-world product concept.

Reverse engineering services are perfect for legacy parts and manufacturing.

Reverse Engineer Your Data

Do You Need Reverse Engineering Services? ​

For clients looking to optimize their 3D scan data using CAD technology, reverse engineering is absolutely necessary to extract the important elements and measurements needed to obtain quality 3D models.

Reverse engineering 3D scan data is most time-consuming process in the 3D scanning work flow. However, this process delivers exceptionally smooth, high accuracy, and great details. This is especially useful in manufacturing, as CAD files are needed to program machining, molding, and cutting processes to produce your product. 

If you need to make modifications to an existing product, our team specializes in design engineering and can consult on efficient design; tailored for efficient production methods. 

Your Project Goals

We provide reverse engineering services for manufacturing, CAD file creation, data analysis, quality control, and more.

Manx 3D Scan
Reverse Engineering Services For Accurate 3D Models

Reverse engineering enhances functionality and empowers your team to start working on the designs you need most.

File Creation

Revere engineering 3D scan file isolates the important data you need for your project and provides greater accuracy. Files can be exported in STEP, IGES, XT, and more. These files are need for manufacturing and modification.


Rendering your scan data produces high-resolution modeling for precise dimensions and volumetric accuracy. ID, OD, and many other surface data points can be precisely measured as physical objects before they're made.


We optimize your reverse engineering services for efficient CAD design and manipulation for greater speed of production. Holes and inconsistencies throughout the scanning area are filled in with precision, producing high-resolution models for a wide range of industries and company use cases.


Compression File sizes from 3D scanning can swell to huge proportions based on the amount of data and resolution. Compression reduces file sizes, improving hardware and software performance while keeping the critical features of the capture rendering intact and accurate.

The Accuracy of 3D Laser Scanning for Reverse Engineering Services
How We Clean Up Scan Data

When our technicians use 3d laser scanners to capture your project, blue light lasers record even the smallest detail. Scan data is converted into a mesh by way of laser triangulation and creates the detail by distance in between various targets.

In post-processing, inconsistencies can be smoothed and holes filled in to provide your team with a crisp, cleanly rendered file that can be used for precise measurements.

Basic clean-up of 3D scan data capture creates a mesh file. This file is not necessarily modifiable or used for manufacturing purposes. Reverse engineering services utilizes scan data to have our designs redraw the part in CAD software. Planes, sketches, and dimensions are put into the models, creating a fully optimized 3D model that can be manipulated. This delivers files in CAD format including STEP, IGES, and XT. 

Benefits Of Reverse Engineering

What Are The Benefits Of Reverse Engineering Services?

Using 3D laser scanning in combination with reverse engineering is unbeatable.

You can create fully functioning 3D models by rendering your 3D point cloud data. This 3D rendering can then be added to, updated, and changed using CAD tools to see how they might perform.

A 3D model is a great way to show off a new product before it comes to market. If this is your plan for your scan, then a mesh file is perfect.

Rendering data from 3D scanners can be a time-consuming process, but it will deliver the smoothest, most detailed model available.

When you want to see your design project in real life, Tangent Solutions’ 3D printing services can 3D-print your design within hours using your rendered scanner file.

We use professional-grade 3D printer filament to form our physical models with stunning detail.

3D printing times vary depending on the quality required, but we will help you find the most efficient solution for your project before we start the 3D printing process.

Render Into Reality

Render Into Reality With 3D Printing


Our reverse engineering services are $115 per hour. This will create 3D CAD files in STEP, XT, or IGES file formats. 

Reverse engineering services is performed by drawing a 3D model with 3D scan data as a reference. 3D scan data is ultra-precise and represents detail and dimension to the thousandth of a millimeter. 

Reverse engineering services creates a CAD file. The most common file formats we can deliver include STEP, IGES, and XT. We can export in many other formats. 

Yes. Basic post processing during 3D scanning services provides a mesh file in STL file format. You or your engineering must be experienced in redrawing scan data from a mesh file. Common softwares that can complete the reverse engineering process are Geomagic Design X or Fusion 360.

Our office location is in Irvine, California. We work with clients both domestic and international as most work work can be performed remotely. 

Mobile 3D scanning services, data analysis, product development consulting, CAD design services, and reverse engineering. 

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