When the Smithsonian Institution, the world’s largest museum and research complex, was looking for reverse engineering services to scan old space elements, they knew to turn to Interactive CAD Solutions. Interactive CAD called upon its Nextengine 3D Laser Scanner and Geo Magic software to meet the requirements of the renowned institution. 

Interactive CAD, which can also apply its Roland LPX 600 Scanner to accomplish reverse engineering , uses point cloud data points and STL for rapid prototyping and CAM. Stereography enables them to enhance the illusion of depth on items they are reverse engineering, while their NURBS mathematical modeling services precisely represent curves and surfaces. 

Interactive CAD’s reverse engineering includes the ability to handle organic shapes, where boundaries of surfaces are critical. They can even compare a CAD model to a casting to determine deviation. All of this precision reverse engineering expertise is brought to generate parametric, hybrid surface, and shrinkwrap surface models. Interactive CAD also boasts a 12’ coordinate measuring machine and a fully-equipped machine shop. Interactive CAD features RapidWorks reverse engineering software, as well as Scan2CAD raster to vector conversion, and Rhino, which uses a Mesh Flow plug-in to convert digitized objects from 3D scanners to CAD models. Interactive’s .008” resolution laser scanners can accommodate parts and assemblies up to 16” high and 10” in diameter while capturing all requisite physical dimensions, features, and material properties. And if your data is dated, Interactive can convert most common file formats, including BMP, GIF, JPEG, PCS, and PDF, to name only a few. Bring the efficiency of reverse engineering and shorter lead times to your manufacturing process today. To learn more about Interactive CAD Solutions’ reverse engineering services, contact them directly, or review the table below. 


Reverse Engineering Capabilites
  • Nextengine 3D Scanner
  • Steinbichler L3D
  • CMM (12’)
  • Calipers
  • Micrometers
  • Scales
  • Geomagic
  • Scan2CAD (Raster to Vector Converter)
  • RapidWorks
  • Rhino
  • SpaceClaim
  • T-Spline & T-Elements
Converted Files
  • BMP
  • TIFF
  • CIT
  • GIF
  • IMG
  • JPEG
  • PCX
  • PDF
  • OBJ
  • STL
  • IGES
  • STEP
File Formats Outputted
  • ACIS (SAT)
  • DWG
  • DXF
  • IGES
  • STEP
  • Parasolid
  • SolidWorks
Captured from Components
  • Physical Dimensions
  • Features
  • Material Properties
Additional Services Provided
  • Migration of Old Data to New Formats
  • CAD Customization (VB, C++)

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