Reverse Engineering Services

Recreate a part’s missing files

When a part’s drawings are outdated or inaccessible, it can be difficult to produce it anew. What’s more, when an industrial equipment manufacturer is no longer in business, and replacement parts therefore cannot be found, repairing or restoring equipment can be nearly impossible. Solaxis performs reverse engineering, which consists in scanning an existing part to create a point cloud. The point cloud is then used to rebuild the part in a solid 3D file.

Reverse engineering can be used to:

  • Update the solid file of modified 3D parts or tooling (SOLIDWORKS and CATIA);
  • Produce a replica of the object (provided that no patent or intellectual property is infringed);
  • Analyze a given environment’s congestion;
  • Create a new part with similar functionalities.
service de rétro-ingénierie

Reproduce parts even when plans are no longer available

Guarantee your project’s success

Our reverse engineering services can reproduce a part for which you no longer have a 3D solid file, as well as update 2D and 3D parts that have become obsolete following manual modifications.

Take advantage of services adapted your needs:

  • Use of various specialized software to create a parametric model with a modifiable feature tree to be evaluated according to the part’s geometry;
  • Parts can be edited in SOLIDWORKS or CATIA;
  • Possibility of incorporating complex functions;
  • Capacity to create hybrid 3D models (surface area and controlled geometric part, avoiding the need to switch from one program to another, which can cause alignment errors).

2. Save time and money

Thanks to reverse engineering, you can focus your efforts on what brings you the highest returns and take advantage of considerable savings:

  • Avoid wasting time attempting to reproduce the object through trial/error;
  • Avoid very costly equipment replacements by changing defective or unavailable parts;
  • Get equipment back up and running as fast as possible.

Fast-track your projects:

Use of several reverse engineering programs depending on your needs:

  • Possibility of creating a model with no feature tree (if not required) at lower cost;
  • Possibility of quickly performing highly accurate surface meshing to rebuild complex surfaces;
  • Possibility of adjusting your 3D file in order to reflect corrections and manual iterations to your mold.

3. Limiting risks

Thanks to Solaxis and its 3D technology, you obtain a 3D solid file (STEP, IGES, SOLIDWORKS) that’s true to the initial part.

Solaxis provides you with a high-quality 3D solid file:

  • Cutting edge equipment that makes for greater reproduction precision and enables a combination of probing and scanning;
  • Highly qualified staff.

The Solaxis difference

Expertise

  • 3D scanning
  • 3D measurement
  • 3D reconstruction
  • Reverse engineering project management

Cutting-edge laboratory

  • 7-axis arm with integrated sensor probe and high-resolution scanner
  • Advanced reverse engineering softwares
  • Possibility of movement thanks to mobile equipment
  • Super-powerful computers to process CAD files and large-size point clouds
  • Calibration certificates for active equipment

Modern facilities

  • Controlled temperature
  • Reliability guaranteed by our auxiliary equipment:
    • Industrial generator and UPS backup, as well as high-performance servers
    • ERP system and EPDM vault

Examples of projects

service de rétro-ingénierie pour un client dans le domaine de l'emballage

Customer
Company in the industrial packaging sector.

Project brief
To build robotic end-of-arm tooling in order to hold an irregularly shaped container in position.

Goal
Perform screw cap torque tightening tests to optimize the packaging process and avoid leaks during transportation. The end-of-arm tooling and the container needed to fit into one other perfectly, so that tightening would not cause the container to turn.

Results

  • Digital scanning of the container using a 3D scanner.
  • Reverse engineering of the critical sections of the container in order to create a 3D solid file.
  • Computer-assisted design (CAD) of the end-of-arm tooling, using data from the container’s solid file.
  • 3D printing of the tooling that would be used to immobilize the containers.
service de rétro-ingénierie pour un client dans le domaine de la réparation de turbines

Customer
Company in the turbine repair sector.

Project brief
Rebuild and repair hydroelectric turbine blades.

Goal
Use the damaged part to rebuild a 3D solid file, given that the customer had no 2D or 3D model for building the parts.

Results

  • Creation of a point cloud of the damaged part using a 3D scanner.
  • Use of the point cloud to rebuild a 3D solid file true to the functional original part, taking into account data supplied by the customer.
  • Delivery of a mixed-surface 3D solid file with a parameterized portion.

Return on investment

In many cases, reverse engineering leads to substantial savings in very little time:

  • Using reverse engineering makes it possible to repair equipment, without having to change it.
  • Use of cutting-edge technologies yields time savings by avoiding lengthy and tedious design using the wrong tools.

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Frequently asked questions

What types of files can you provide us with?

Depending on your needs, we can provide solid designs in STP, .IGS, .x_t, .SLDPRT or .CATPart format.

Can we obtain a design with a feature tree?

We can provide 3D files with feature trees (SOLIDWORKS and .SLDPRT). However, we need to assess the part’s geometry. Some shapes cannot be easily parameterized. Hybrid reconstruction may also be performed; in other words, we can provide some parameterized sections but not others.