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Reverse engineering

3D scanning is naturally becoming an integral part of reverse engineering. Recreating old replacement parts, discontinued parts or unobtainable original drawings is easy and convenient utilizing a 3D scanner – and gets you faster results.

The three basic stages of reverse engineering

  1. Information extraction: Study the original object to gather as much information as possible
  2. 3D modeling: Create a 3D model using the data you extracted
  3. Review: Test your reverse engineered 3D model against the original to determine its success 

Reverse engineering with SOL PRO 3D scanner

Applying 3D scanning to the reverse engineering workflow requires a 3D scanner and some 3D modeling software. The workflow process itself is quite simple.

3D scanning reverse engineering workflow

  1. Scan the original object using the SOL PRO 3D scanner
  2. Export your 3D model in one of the supported formats: OBJ, STL, XYZ, DAE, PLY
  3. Import your 3D model into your preferred CAD software, and apply changes if needed
  4. Measure or compare to original drawings and/or original object

SOL PRO 3D scanner used for reverse engineering

3D modeling

This part of the workflow is about using a scan as a starting point or reference object for more complex 3D modeling. Users will create a 3D model using the SOL PRO 3D scanner and then import the OBJ or STL file into their modeling software of choice. Once imported, they can use the scan as an 'outline' of the model they wish to create or incorporate the scan into other work projects.

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