Friday, 28 October 2016

CAD Tools are a Must to Successfully Reverse Engineer Your Product or System

Deconstructing product or system for reverse engineering is common phenomenon today used by manufacturers to evaluate, improve or recover obsolete design information. While the traditional method of reverse engineering involves measuring the product geometry manually, it is often restricted to simple shapes, as measurement of complex shapes is often not possible. Instead, scanning techniques are often the preferred method for reverse engineering projects, as it ensures accuracy and ease of measurement when it comes to capturing information of complex geometrical shapes.

The scanned surfaces using laser scanners are then converted to solid models using CAD tools, in order to replicate the original geometry. CAD software is critical in for reverse engineering projects to convert the point cloud data to solid virtual models that can be utilized for re-manufacturing. Let’s have a look at several tools that are often used in reverse engineering. However, if you are seeking a partner who can support reverse engineering project for you, TrueCADD can help you with scanning, 2D drawings and 3D model development for product and systems of any complexity!


One of the widely adopted CAD tools across the globe, SOLIDWORKS has all the required tools to recreate the product geometry from existing physical object, develop 3D models, create molds and also export it to a 3D printer to develop a prototype. Features like Auto Trace enables users to easily import paper sketches along with surfacing tools to edit the geometry with ease.

Geomagic Design X

This is one of the widely used tools to process scanned data and convert it into a format that is easy to manipulate. Geomagic Design X is a tool that can be fully integrated with your existing CAD systems and as such generating manufacturing ready 3D CAD models is easy from the scanned data, rather than juggling with the point clouds. The software also has the ability to perform checks on deviation of the 3D model from the scanned part, allowing the design engineer to quickly evaluate the accuracy of the part before going for actual manufacturing.

HighRES Add-in for Inventor

This add-in from Autodesk is compatible with most of the laser scanning software available today and is meant to smoothly transfer the scanned data to Inventor platform for further refinement. This add-in can scan point clouds, obtain measurement data and convert into parametric CAD models with feature-tree.

Point Cloud

Point Cloud is also a plug-in that is compatible with AutoCAD and allows the users to recreate the geometry by utilizing point cloud technology. It creates surfaces using draping method as is easy to use even for the first time users looking to reverse engineer their product designs.

Utilize Reverse Engineering Services from TrueCADD for Competitive Advantage

Reverse engineering projects when done in-house often consumes valuable time of resources and money. It is thus often beneficial to shed this non-core activity to engineering service providers who can support your reverse engineering projects. TrueCADD is one such firm that provides end-to-end design support for manufacturers globally. We have the capabilities to handle reverse engineering projects of any scale and complexity. To know more about us, visit or send us your project details at

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