Reverse Engineering

Use 3D laser scanning technology to create a highly-accurate point cloud and generate a CAD model of any physical object.

Our reverse engineering services are ideal for;

– Streamlining the path to manufacturing process
– Capturing complex geometry and freeform objects
– Reproducing parametric models to the original design intent
– Creating updated CAD models of legacy parts and tooling
– Redesigning parts with manufacturing defects eliminated
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Why Reverse Engineering?

There are many ways in which reverse engineering and 3D laser scanning can help your business. It is the most efficient way to create a CAD model from a physical object of any kind and reverse engineering has a whole range of applications suitable for countless industries. 3D scanning to reverse engineer an object is infinitely easier and more accurate than the use of traditional measurement methods such as calipers, something clients in high-risk industries such as aerospace, automotive, military and medical areas place huge importance on.

Our team of technicians are specialists in reverse engineering and 3D laser scanning, with many years of experience under their belt and the best knowledge in the industry as a result. They are on hand to discuss the individual requirements of your project and to offer advice on what technology is best suited to your needs, taking the hard work out of reverse engineering physical objects of even the most complex shape.

There are many reasons to reverse engineer with Laser Scanning. In many instances, a client may ask us to reverse engineer a part because the CAD does not exist or is outdated to the extent that it no longer accurately represents the part. It may be that you are looking to develop a part further or to rethink it entirely to omit manufacturing defects. Laser Scanning is the UK’s leading provider of reverse engineering and non-contact measurement services and we have the knowledge to see your project right through to the surfacing stage. Nobody else offers such a thorough and efficient service.

Technical Specifications

When we reverse engineer a physical object we are able to detect its original design intent, recognising its cylinders, planes, cubes and cones based solely on the physical measurements of the object, rather than its 3D model. This process is known as reverse engineering from scan data to CAD.

We deliver reverse engineering with high precision accuracy up to 1.9 microns (2σ) or through quick scan to an accuracy of 54 microns (2σ). We have a number of 3d laser scanning and reverse engineering technologies available to our clients, from fixed CMM to mobile handheld laser scanning equipment. Once objects or parts have been scanned with the laser scanner our technicians deem most accurate for your bespoke reverse engineering project, the scanned data which is presented as a point cloud is fused together to create a surface model of the part. Depending on the accuracy and detail required, this may take the form of a basic shrink wrap surface model, a hybrid model or a full parametric model including feature tree and design intent.

Our partnership with 3D systems puts us at the forefront of 3D scanning capability and we use revolutionary Geomagic software to convert 3D scanned data into a geometric CAD model fully supported by your existing 3D CAD software packages, including Solidworks, Delcam, Power Shape, Pro Engineer and Catia.

Through the use of Geomagic software, reverse engineering maximizes product quality and drives continuous product development, process improvement, safety efficiency and design evaluation.

Service Limitations

At Laser Scanning, we have spent many years building expertise and experience in all areas of laser scanning and reverse engineering. The process is a complex one that requires a specialist team like the one we have working here at our Sheffield premises and those who operate our handheld reverse engineering apparatus out in the field. Because of our extensive experience, few reverse engineering projects our beyond our capabilities.


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