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Why reverse engineering cannot be done without 3D laser scanning

Why reverse engineering cannot be done without 3D laser scanning

In today’s modern times where everything is sped up while maintaining reliability and quality of products and services, industries must adapt to the various demands, and global supply.

It means that companies, businesses, or manufacturers should stay ahead of the competition by ensuring products are produced accurately to improve sales and brand reputation.

3D laser scanning is one critical tool that has been providing several benefits since its introduction to the market. Even with its non-contact approach, 3D scanning is an in-demand approach used by different industries including reverse engineering for speed, accuracy, and ease of use.

What is reverse engineering?

Reverse engineering or back engineering refers to the process of deconstructing the components of a machine, structures, software, aircraft, or other products to understand the actual fabrication of the product so it can be reproduced, refabricated, or reproduced.

Backward engineering is usually done when a manufacturer of a certain product is no longer in business, if a product is obsolete or no longer in circulation, or purchase of replacement part is not an option.

In cases when products have been discontinued, original 2D drawings are not available, or the manufacturer has completely ceased operation, reverse engineering is the answer.

However, with complex reverse engineering, the process is more than just taking out the parts. The method requires manual measurement of dimensions and determining the materials used, and other physical properties which are then used in CAD plans which can be time consuming and daunting to take.

But with the availability of 3D laser scanning, you get to have a cost effective solution at the same time maintaining high accuracy.

When to use 3D laser scanning in reverse engineering
3D laser scanning has revolutionized reverse engineering by speeding up the replication of existing products or parts. The use of hands and tools is now eliminated as analysis is done virtually through the CAD software.

3D laser scanners will generate CAD plans where data are used to analyse the products or parts and the process of how it’s made.

You can use 3D laser scanning in reverse engineering when:

  • You need to measure soft parts as the contactless approach of 3D scanning won’t affect or deform soft parts
  • You need to measure complex parts of a machine
  • When you need to measure hard to reach areas
  • When you need to measure and collect data but you have less time
  • Quality control

The benefits of incorporating 3D laser scanning in reverse engineering

1. Cost and time effective

The initial cost may be a big fraction of any company’s investment but 3D laser scanning will save your business money in the long run. A 3D laser scanner is guaranteed to deliver consistent results.

For labour intensive projects, a 3D laser scanner will prove to be a critical tool in terms of reducing the manpower that works endless hours at the same time eliminates human error. With 3D laser scanning, once the object is scanned, files are readily available to begin working with.

However, if you intend to use it only for special projects, you can simply outsource the services of Cambridge Measured Survey, a professional and experienced 3D Laser scanning company which services include optimized 3D BIM models, large scale portable scanning, and more.

2. High accuracy, high precision

3D laser scanners measure the angles, space, or dimensions precisely, giving minimal room for error up to -/+ 1 mm. Measure up to 1 million points per second, and register data for details as-built plans.

3. Increased productivity

With faster completion time, team members can work more on other products without feeling redundant. You can speed up software development with reverse engineering, as save precious time using 3D laser scanning technology.

4. Versatility

3D laser scanners are available in different sizes compatible with a variety of platforms and devices to work around on varying obstacles and environments.

5. Quick and easy redesigning

There is no need to de-construct the entire machine or structure if improvements or corrections are needed. The project can be redesign through the use of stored BIM models.

3D laser scanners have the capability of producing nearly identical data to the original machine or structure along with the exact dimensions and characteristics of the materials used. Using CAD plans and detailed data, insights can be done, improve the design, or come up with informed design decisions for product creation.

Working on a project and wanting high quality project completion, Cambridge Measured Survey is equipped with the knowledge and latest technology for large scale scanning, drone survey, 3D laser scanning services, and more. Contact us today for your professional and easy service!

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