Digitize, Reproduce, and Improve

Reverse engineering involves taking an existing part, assembly or machine and creating an as-built CAD model to be used for reproduction or to make modifications. We have a wide variety of tools at our disposal making no item too big or too small. Our extreme accuracy and detailed precision provide confidence in the results.

Process, Uses, and Benefits of Reverse Engineering

From the smallest to the largest, and simple to complex, we can 3D scan and reverse engineer just about any object. You can send the item to us or we can scan on-site, as many of our scanning lasers are portable.

After the data is captured, an STL mesh is created which can be loaded directly into a 3D printer or we can use it to create CAD surfaces. Once complete, reverse engineering can be used to:

  • Improve the design, function, or cost to create an item

  • Replace legacy or obsolete parts or items

  • Competitively benchmark an item

  • Create a model and drawings from a handmade prototype

  • Blueprint parts for government inspection

  • Create a mold for a part

  • Preserve and document the design of an item

Reverse Engineering Applications

Reverse engineering is an extremely versatile metrology service with a broad range of uses.

  • Machining and molding

  • 3D printing

  • Patent drawings

  • 3D animations and visualizations

  • Part-to-part comparison

  • Outsource manufacturing

  • Design mating parts or packaging

  • Model creation for legacy parts

  • Digital archiving

Our Process
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Available Data Outputs & File Formats

Your CAD model will be delivered in the file format(s) best suited to your needs. Available data outputs include:

  • Polygonal model: STL, OBJ (Supports color)
  • 3D surface model: IGES, STEP
  • Feature-based solid model and assemblies: IGES, STEP
  • Hybrid CAD model (surfaces and solids): IGES, STEP

Our data can be used to create parametric models in native formats (Solidworks, Creo, NX, Inventor). We can also leverage trusted partners to create the model you need.

Downloadable Sample Data

We built a part and included multiple file formats for you to download. Feel free to watch the video for more details.

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Model Wide
Gun lever
Point cloud of lever
CAD model of lever
Foot model
Skater Boat Model
Golf club
Cast pump housing
Pipe fitting CAD model
Airborne pin
Engine block
Industries that Benefit from Reverse Engineering
  • Aerospace
    Hard tooling, replicating obsolete parts, tools, or molds.
  • Arts
    Preservation, identifying counterfeits, material analysis, digital archiving.
  • Automotive
    Capture mating geometry, reproduce obsolete parts, model prototypes.
  • Castings
    CAD creation of legacy parts.
  • Defense
    Emulation, prototyping, replacement parts.
  • Furniture
    Model creation of prototypes, renderings, digital marketing, and product placement.
  • Industrial & Manufacturing
    Custom packaging, rapid prototyping, competitive benchmarking.
  • Medical and Dental
    Orthotics, Prosthetics, Medical instruments and devices.
  • Tool and Die
    Tool and mold reproduction.
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