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When a part’s drawings are outdated or inaccessible, it can be difficult to produce it anew.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.
- 3D scanning
- 3D measurement
- 3D reconstruction
- Reverse engineering project management
- 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
- Controlled temperature
- Reliability guaranteed by our auxiliary equipment:
- Industrial generator and UPS backup, as well as high-performance servers
- ERP system and EPDM vault
Company in the industrial packaging sector.
To build robotic end-of-arm tooling in order to hold an irregularly shaped container in position.
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.
- 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.
Company in the turbine repair sector.
Rebuild and repair hydroelectric turbine blades.
Use the damaged part to rebuild a 3D solid file, given that the customer had no 2D or 3D model for building the parts.
- 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
Depending on your needs, we can provide solid designs in STP, .IGS, .x_t, .SLDPRT or .CATPart format.
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.