Reverse engineering is a process that involves making a design model from a physical product. At MicronPA, our 3D modeling services make it possible to reverse engineer parts that have an incomplete computer-aided design (CAD) model or lack one entirely. Learn about the process and how you can benefit from our reverse engineering services.

How Do Reverse Engineering Services Work?

MicronPA’s reverse engineering process starts with performing a computed tomography (CT) scan of a part. This component may be a prototype you created by hand or an old model that you haven’t used for a long time. The only requirement for reverse engineering is that your part doesn’t have an accompanying CAD file.

Our CT scans create a 3D model of the component to give us an understanding of dimensions like volume, height and width. The scan is nondestructive, so the process doesn’t need to damage the part or compromise its integrity to yield accurate results. With our scan, we can convert the images into a CAD model you can use for future design needs.

Reverse engineering services are excellent in any situation where a CAD file is lost or damaged. This process is also useful for custom manufacturing, architectural and civic engineering, and facilities maintenance applications, as well as improving overall product design. With our advanced CT scanning computers, you can get an accurate computerized picture of a part and discover new design possibilities.

The Benefits of Reverse Engineering

Reverse engineering is beneficial for many reasons, as it allows you to:

  • Complete design data: When you have gaps in your CAD model, you can’t move forward with the manufacturing process. Reverse engineering helps you fill in those holes and make edits as needed to prepare for mass production.
  • Refresh outdated designs: If you haven’t created or updated a component in several years, you may not have a viable CAD file available. Using reverse engineering can give you a foundation for altering the part and upgrading it to adhere to modern performance standards.
  • Find vulnerabilities: Reverse engineering breaks a component down to its various functions, allowing you to find any vulnerabilities in your current design. While the CT scan alone may reveal some weak points, the CAD model will give you quantitative measures you can change.
  • Create reference models: Creating a CAD file with reverse engineering provides you with a digital model you can reference throughout the manufacturing process. Whether you rely on your new CAD model to make alterations or use it as your primary design for mass production, it will quickly prove useful.
  • Document prototypes: If you created an experimental prototype by hand, you don’t have a CAD file to reference for mass manufacturing. Reverse engineering helps you work backward from your prototype and create a blueprint for future parts.

Contact Us for Reverse Engineering and 3D Modeling Services

MicronPA offers custom solutions for your design and inspection needs. With 3D modeling services and other inspection types, we can find the right solution to help you improve your manufacturing operation’s accuracy and efficiency. From our base in York, we serve companies in Pennsylvania, Maryland and Virginia. Get a free quote today or contact our team to learn about our capabilities.