Reverse Engineering

From Point Cloud To Parametric SolidWorks CAD Model

 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.  


3D Scanning

 Steinbichler L3D Comet Scanner

Geomagic Design X

 Reverse engineering a part with Design X. The file was transferred to SolidWorks as a native file. 


Reverse engineering a stamping die with SpaceClaim.