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The Practical Aspects of Reverse Engineering

Posted by Scott Shuppert on Wed, Apr 12, 2017 @ 02:13 PM

The Practical Aspects of Reverse Engineering

Reverse engineering is a process in which parts are carefully measured and tolerances are developed prior to generating CAD drawings or models. The most common application for reverse engineering is the reproduction, or modification, of an existing part for which there is no formal drawing.

Today’s CAD programs have made reverse engineering technology a practical tool for creating a three-dimensional virtual model of an existing physical part. That, in turn, has made the use of 3-D CAD, computer-aided manufacturing, or other computer-aided engineering applications easier.

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From Old Design to New via Reverse Engineering

Posted by Scott Shuppert on Wed, Mar 15, 2017 @ 03:44 PM

From Old Design to New via Reverse Engineering

Reverse engineering makes use of an existing object to generate a new one.  Often the new object is an improvement over the design of the old one, or, it may be an identical part needed to replace a malfunctioning part in a machine.

Some businesses use reverse engineering move into 3D digital records of their own products or to assess competitor’s products.  Another use is to analyze how a product works, what it does, and identify potential patent infringement. 

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How to Use Deviation Analysis in Reverse Engineering

Posted by Scott Shuppert on Thu, Aug 11, 2016 @ 05:17 PM

How to Use Deviation Analysis in Reverse Engineering

Over time, the actual use of a tool or part can outlive its documentation. Or, in production environments, a physical tool can be edited and adjusted to achieve required results. When it comes time to replace this customized part or tool, its print or CAD documentation no longer matches reality. So when a customer needs to accurately document or re-manufacture a legacy item of this kind, reverse engineering (RE) and geometry re-creation is essential.

Designing and Retrofitting

When a part is reverse engineered, designers work within the context of the larger system or device, because the new design must be flawlessly integrated. For example:

In advanced mechanical and aerospace industries, traditional reverse engineering in which only a CAD copy of the old component is developed is less effective than using a 3D model and performing deviation analysis as a final check.  3D re-engineering optimizes the component/sub-system design concerning new materials and the advanced manufacturing technologies often employed in such industries.

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How to Outsource DoD Re-engineering with Confidence

Posted by Scott Shuppert on Fri, Aug 05, 2016 @ 02:58 PM

How to Outsource DoD Re-engineering with Confidence

Election years bring uncertainties, and this one, perhaps more than most.  With budgets unsettled and procurements uncertain, military programs and defense contractors look for ways to do more with less.  This, while international terrorism would seem to require that we do more with more.  So…how to resolve the two.

There are large quantities of battle-used and aging equipment in need of refurbishment or replacement.  With the right approach, such equipment can be brought up to current standards.  But, often, the military and defense contractors do not have access to qualified personnel who can take the time to do tedious re-engineering. This is where outsource vendors who are able to supply tools and services required to re-engineer and update aging equipment are in demand. 

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What You Should Know About Reverse Engineering

Posted by Diane Mitol on Thu, Apr 03, 2014 @ 10:02 PM

What You Should Know About Reverse Engineering

What Does Reverse Engineering Mean?

Reverse Engineering is the process of studying and analyzing a product, part or device in order to learn the details of its design; the way it’s constructed and the way it operates.  The goal of reverse may be to produce a copy or to make a better or more modern version.  Reverse engineering can also be performed on software and computer programs as well as on, biological or chemical or organic matter;  but for the purposes of this article, we are confining our discussion to reverse engineering as it applies to products or parts created or used in manufacturing. 

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