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Reverse Engineering Services

Our Reverse Engineering service provide a fast, accurate and cost-effective way to 3D CAD and part drawings for your component.

From taking the measurements though to achieving 3D design intent CAD models, our service can be tailored to your exact needs.

Our Reverse Engineering Services

Over 25 years experience in providing high quality 3D reverse engineering services enables us to create detailed 3D CAD models from your physical item. We turn 3D scanning data into 3D CAD models for your legacy parts, protecting your business continuity and capturing your current components and prototypes ready for future development. From capturing 3D measurement though to achieving full 3D design intent CAD models, our services can be tailored to your needs.

We will digitalise your component using our available range of contact and non-contact 3D scanning technologies. From the scanned data we can create both a meshed model (STL) and detailed CAD model (Surfaces / Solid). Having created the 3D CAD model we can provide you with colour deviation maps showing the comparison of the actual components scan data to the reverse engineered CAD model. Finally, if required, our engineers can produce detailed 2D drawings tailored to your requirements.

Photo of the silver impeller CAD model of the silver impeller after reverse engineering.

Step 1: 3D Scanning & Measurement

Picking the right tools for your reverse engineering project is essential. The main considerations are cost, accuracy, and ability to access features. By taking the time to understand your application, our engineers will recommend the most suitable tools. Utilising non-contact scanning (Laser, Photogrammetry) or contact measurements (CMM, Hand Tools) we will accurately measure your component. Where applicable we can combine multiple methods to yield the optimum solution.

  • Non-contact 3D scanners are ideal tools for complex, or freeform reverse engineering projects.
  • Our CMMs have the highest accuracy and are ideal for critical prismatic features.
  • Hand tools can be a cost effective solution for simple prismatic components.
  • Optical projection at up to x50 magnification enables accurate measurement and assessment of small features.
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Step 2: Create a 3D mesh (STL model)

Where 3D scanning has been used, we will take the point cloud produced and triangulate it to form a mesh which can be saved as an STL model. The mesh is an exact digital replica of the component, including any component defects.

Step 3: Create a CAD Model

Using all the data obtained in Step 1 & 2, our highly skilled CAD engineers will create a full design intent 3D CAD model of your component and detailed 2D drawings as required. Any defects in the sample part can be removed at this stage.

The CAD model can be provided in your required format. Universal formats include .step & .iges. Native formats include Solidworks, Autodesk Inventor, AutoCAD, and Fusion 360.

Read more about reverse engineering on our Scan To CAD page or click the button below to send us a message.

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About Us

AB Technology started out as an independent CMM Inspection & Programming company based near Nottingham, UK. Over the last 25+ years, we have expanded our services to include 3D scanning and reverse engineering, serving customers of all sizes, across an array of industry sectors, both domestically and internationally.