At Insight Design Consultant, Engineering is a very versatile industry that is always getting creative. Using creativity and innovation, engineers create never-before-seen products that benefit their communities. They play a key role in expanding local economy and sparking business exchanges. However, one question remains: how do engineers innovate in such a fast-paced environment?
The answer is the reverse, literally. Reverse engineering plays a huge role in sparking innovative and productive minds that produce necessities across every industry. The reverse engineering process includes taking apart worn down products to examine how individual parts work, and then incorporating past inventions into new ones. There are plenty of benefits to the reverse engineering process that will only expand our knowledge and capabilities.

Reverse Engineering involves taking existing physical parts and assemblies and creating CAD models and detailed toleranced drawings. The need typically arises when a company wants to make improvements to an existing outside design or they have insufficient design documentation (CAD and drawings) for internal designs or that require CAD data for modern manufacturing methods.
The data that is collected and CAD modeled, can be used to troubleshoot, reproduce, study, analyze, inspect, or can be applied to other future applications or product enhancements. CAD models can be easily updated for changes in the product design and/or tool or die design. Tools and dies can even be generated by using the surface models created by our reverse engineering services. So if your finely tuned stamping or injection mold has just broken, we can use our scanning services and digitally fix it in a CAD model and have you back up and running in short order.
At IDC, we have been performing reverse engineering services and projects since our inception. Our large staff of qualified engineers has a depth of experience in these activities and a background in design engineering needed to produce excellent results.

Why reverse engineering ??:
  • Exploring existing designs and maneuvers Reverse engineering allows us to see what already exists. This includes any parts, structures, or processes that could benefit communities in other ways. Examining current products leads to innovation and discovery, all thanks to reverse engineering
  • Reconstructing a product that is outdated A key part of redesigning an existing product is understanding the product itself. Reverse engineering provides the visual to work out outdated kinks in an older system. Quality is the most important aspect of this process.
  • Discovering any product vulnerabilities Similar to the previous step, reverse engineering supports finding faults in the product. This is to ensure the safety and well-being of the product’s users. It is best for an issue to arise during the research phase rather than the distribution phase.
  • Bringing less expensive & more efficient products to the market Reverse engineering’s main goal is to lead engineers on a path towards innovation and success. Succeeding includes lowering manufacturing costs and raising product effectiveness as much as possible.
  • Creating a reliable CAD model for future reference Most reverse engineering processes include a full-working CAD file for future references. A CAD file is created so the part can be examined digitally if future issues arise. This form of technology has enhanced engineering productivity and product expression.
  • Inspiring creative minds with old ideas Lastly, reverse engineering gives way for innovative design. During the process, an engineer might discover a system that could be useful for a completely different project. This shows how engineering connects projects with previous knowledge

Reasons for Using Reverse Engineering

  • Developing interfaces for system interoperability. This may often be used when legacy systems are involved or if original documentation is unavailable.
  • Corporate and/or military espionage. Reverse engineering may enable the cloning of competitor’s products or an understanding of how to develop market or military counter-measures for that product.
  • Improving product documentation. If product documentation supplied doesn’t mean the standards for easy use, it may be that reverse engineering the product can help articulate the documentation to a higher standard.
  • Modernizing of software products. Legacy systems may benefit from reverse engineering when the original knowledge of how a specific challenge was tackled has been lost to a business. Reverse engineering can also help with migrating legacy systems to new platforms.
  • Security adaptions.
  • Fixing product flaws
  • Cloning,Cost reduction
  • Redesign/repurposing,Competitor intelligence

Frequently Asked Questions

What does Reverse Engineering mean?

Reverse Engineering is the technical term for the reconstruction in point clouds of surfaces for use in CAD programs.

What are the costs for Reverse Engineering?

The costs depend very much on the complexity of the component. In general it can be said that reverse engineering is considerably more efficient and faster than a new design.

What software do you use for Reverse Engineering?

In principle, any CAD software can be used here. We usually use Geomagic Design X even for the STEP areas requested.

What do you need for Reverse Engineering?

We need the point cloud of your component or object. This can be created by a 3D scanner or by using simulation software.

How does manual Reverse Engineering work?

With manual reverse engineering, new areas are created to match the existing point cloud. So the whole part is redesigned.

Why is Reverse Engineering useful to various industries?

Manufacturing and technology rely on RE for a variety of reasons. It is generally used to find out how devices or products are made. The function of a product can also be more easily understood through remodeling. Reverse engineering is often used in industries to define and optimize processes.

How does a 3D Scanner work?

3D scanners cast a grid of laser lines or white light onto an object. The scanner can take hundreds of thousands of distance measurements per second. Furthermore, the scanner can create a reference frame through the use of target marks. This means that it knows where it is in the room compared to the respective object. So all distance measurements can be combined, creating a seamless surface becomes possible.

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