Reverse Engineering Services

Kinetic Vision's Reverse Engineering Services utilize industrial scanners to create a digital model from a physical part, and is often used to create 3D CAD data where manufacturing drawings never existed, are non-digital, or are otherwise unavailable. Point cloud data from 3D Laser Scanning or 3D CT Scanning is utilized by our in-house design engineers to accurately create the part’s internal and external geometry. Customers have many output options: native CAD, polygonal (STL, OBJ, PLY), NURBS model (IGES, STEP, Parasolid), or directly formatted for 3D Printing and Modeling and Simulation.

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Bass Guitar Neck

Not all imaging needs fit within the standard parameters of typical scanning methodologies. Sometimes parts and components are too large to fit in the scanning envelope, are too difficult to support using standard fixturing, or need to be actuated during the scan. Those challenges require special methods, fixturing and software, and we have the design, engineering and development skills to meet those needs.

High-fidelity 3D CT Scans of a bass guitar neck were done to create a custom instrument CAD database. Due to the high aspect ratio of the part, traditional imaging methods could not be leveraged to capture the data. Kinetic Vision's in-house advanced scanning and post-processing techniques allowed for successful completion of the project at high resolutions.

Reverse Engineering Services - Guitar Neck

Adjustment Screw

In this example Kinetic Vision leveraged its in-house reverse engineering services team to help capture accurate point cloud/polygonal data for a part that had been manufactured prior to widespread use of three-dimensional design software in the manufacturing industry. The high-fidelity imaging data was reverse engineered to create fully parametric 3D CAD, which was then utilized to create new injection molding tooling for the part.

Reverse Engineering Services - Adjustment Screw