Most of us are well aware of Solidwork as a drawing used in engineering with a more detailed picture and high accuracy. However, we rarely hear about reverse engineering in Solidwork. Nowadays, engineering companies also use reverse engineering; they will use it to review the features and how to overcome them and inherit and upgrade. Much work is to be done to master reverse engineering. However, it takes much work to redo mechanical components, so reverse engineering will focus mainly on rebuilding automatic models gas because this is the most time-consuming step. So what is reverse engineering in Solidwork, and where is its effect applied?
The following article will describe the most specific way so that you can visualize reverse engineering in Solidwork.
Reverse Design in Solidwork
The concept of reverse engineering in Solidwork:
Reverse engineering is the process of redesigning a given physical model – by digitizing the surface of the specimen using a coordinate measuring device and building a design model from the digitized data. The advantage of the reverse engineering method is that it allows the fast and accurate design of designs with high geometric complexity or free-form surface patterns (Reverse engineering can determine no shaping rules). Copy, reproduce the product or modify the design model to produce an improved outcome.
Reverse engineering process: Product -> Digitization -> Design Model -> Prototyping and Testing -> Product
Advantages of reverse engineering:
The reverse engineering method also has advantages for surface designs with shape rules. However, design parameters cannot be determined—for example, helical surface models such as turbine blades, hydrodynamic and aerodynamic surfaces.
In recent times, there have been automatic devices for measuring and scanning 3D coordinates; reverse engineering techniques have also been studied and applied in some places (enterprises, institutes, schools etc.,.) However, the application Effective use of this new technical solution still has many problems that need to be further improved.
Reverse engineering process:
Step 1: Use a 3D scanner to scan the sample profile. The result of this process is a 3D point cloud. This cloud data depends on the type of 3D scanner that has a different quality.
Step 2: Using point cloud data to reconstruct the profile with the help of specialized reverse engineering software such as XOR, CATIA, ….. During the design process, the engineer can control the product tolerances design products using the testing tools available in the reverse engineering software.
Step 3: At this stage, after having a 3D design product, this 3D data is transferred to other phases such as design, mould processing, or 3D printing as a display model etc.,
Equipment and software used in reverse engineering
The most widely used 3D scanner system on the market:
Einscan pro 2X handheld 3D scanner: low-cost segment
Industrial FreeScan X series handheld 3D scanners: professional segment
The solution is C500 blue light 3D scanner: specialized in moulds, plastic products, cars, motorcycles
The 3d scanner lines achieve very high accuracy, speedy data acquisition and transmission speed, especially without limiting the size of the scanned object. In addition, some other models meet the needs of reverse engineering, such as Artec Spider, Geomagic Capture, etc.