More Info on Reverse Engineering
Reverse engineering using 3D scan data is the most efficient way to generate a CAD model from a physical object, that has any breed of complex or free-form shape. Below are some reasons why companies hire X2 for reverse engineering services.
- Revitalize your manufacturing process
- Design a new part to fit to a legacy part either to manufacture or to convey designs to suppliers & partners
- Integrate non-geometric data with project geometry
- Recreate molds for a 3d digital library for emergency purposes
- Acquires 3-D digital data
- Redesign a new part without manufacturing defects
- Update CAD models for part tooling to correspond with shop floor changes
- Create CAD models rapidly, exact and mechanical
- Redesign of a product or part without manufacturing defects
- Assists with market penetration using less development and engineering costs
- Models of all sizes and shapes are precisely captured
- Make a 3D Printed rendition of your part
Because every project is different, X2 Metrology offers different options for how your object is formed.
Polygonal Mesh: These files are the base data for reverse engineering. Scan data captures points of the as-built component to produce point clouds which are converted into a polygonal mesh file. This process allows holes to be filled, defects removed, and rough spots smoothen. Polygonal meshes can be read directly into 3D printers and rapid prototyping technology.
- File Format are: STL, OBJ, 3DS, PLY
Surface Model: A surface that cannot be edited and are composed of NURBS. Surface models are the most accurate method of reverse engineering used for exact geometry in a solid ready-to-use file. Smooth surface patches are shrink-wrapped onto the polygonal mesh to create a model. This technique is useful for highly complex shapes such as organic forms, art, sculptures or intricate castings.
- File Format are: IGES, STEP
Feature Based Solid Model: This is the process of creating and modifying solid objects for a true 3D representation in a CAD or CAD like system. Representations are close enough to each other so that as-built is the same as what was designed. Composed of complex geometric features, trimmed surface and fillets, geometry is developed using solid modeling techniques such as sketching and extruding. The underlying scanned data is used as a reference where geometry is developed. Original feature geometry may be extracted after import into your native CAD system.
- File Format are: IGES, STEP, Parasolid, Solidworks (sldprt), JT, Sldpart
Parametric Model: is a representation of a parts dimension that are used to create a model. A part consists of multiple features such as bosses, holes, ribs, cuts, fillets, chamfers and either ignore or incorporate manufacturing defects. This file is used for when modifications need to be made, replicating parts that have no tooling or CAD data, 2D drawings are needed, building parts on or around scanned part.
- File Formats are: Solidworks (sldprt), Catia, NX, SolidEdge, Creo/ProE, Inventor