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 Design X software to meet the requirements of the renowned institution. Interactive CAD, which can also apply its Steinbichler L3D Comet 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 shrink wrap surface models. Interactive CAD also boasts a 12’ coordinate measuring machine and a fully-equipped machine shop.
Interactive CAD features Design X reverse engineering software, as well as Scan2CAD raster to vector conversion, and Rhino, which uses a Mesh Flow plugin 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.
A 3D scanner that uses blue light is often referred to as a "blue light scanner" or a "blue light 3D scanner." Blue light 3D scanning technology is a type of optical scanning method used to capture the three-dimensional shape of objects or surfaces.
It's important to note that blue light scanning is just one of many 3D scanning technologies available, and the choice of scanning method depends on factors such as the object's size, material, and desired level of accuracy.
Geomagic Design X is designed for professionals in various industries, such as manufacturing, product design, and engineering, who need to create 3D models from physical objects or scan data. Geomagic Design X offers a range of tools and features for converting 3D scan data, such as point clouds and meshes, into parametric CAD models (SolidWorks) that can be edited and further refined.
Reverse engineering a stamping die with SpaceClaim.