The term “reverse engineering” includes any activity you do to determine how a product works, or to learn the ideas and technology that were originally used to develop the product. Reverse engineering is a systematic approach for analyzing the design of existing devices or systems. You can use it either to study the design process or as an initial step in the redesign process, to do any of the following:
Reverse engineering initiates the redesign process, wherein a product is observed, disassembled, analyzed, tested, “experienced,” and documented in terms of its functionality, form, physical principles, manufacturability, and ability to be assembled. The intent of the reverse engineering process is to fully understand and represent the current instantiation of a product.
The samples of the approved parts we receive are put through our reverse engineering process to capture the original part dimensions, design, materials, performance, function, interchangeability, inspection, and/or testing criteria.
BC Engineered Products reverse engineering process enables the duplication of an existing part by capturing the component's physical dimensions, features, and material properties, performance, function, interchangeability, inspection, and/or testing criteria. Reverse engineering of the mechanical part involves acquiring three-dimensional position data in a point cloud using laser scanners or computed tomography (CT). Other methods we utilize to measure the original part include:
We then create a Representative of the geometry of the part in terms of surface points to create parametric surface patches. A good polymesh is created from the point cloud using reverse engineering software DesignX. The cleaned-up polymesh, NURBS (Non-Uniform Rational B-Spline) curves, or NURBS surfaces are exported to our CAD package for further refinement, analysis, and generation of the final part 3D model and engineering drawing representative of the original part dimensions. Typically, we reverse engineer several samples of the same part and take an average of their physical dimensions.
BC Engineered Products Reverse Engineering, Drafting, and Sample Parts