Reverse Engineering / Non-Contact Inspection
Miller 3D Printing is your complete source for reverse engineering solutions.
3D reverse engineering requires more precision and accuracy, compared to traditional 2D methods to collect appropriate design data. This is why it’s critical for manufacturers to consult an experienced team to start and maintain the 3D reverse engineering process. We are ready to help your engineers acquire the proper knowledge, training, and technology for any 3D scanning service applications.
Miller 3D also assists our clients through every step of the 3D reverse engineering process. Our partners have the 3D scanning technology, CAD software, 3D Printers, and materials to complete the entire reverse engineering workflow. In addition, we will train your team to create the designs, print the parts, and properly inspect each step. Our goal is to help you create a seamless 3D printing reverse engineering experience.
The first step of the 3D scanning product development process is to capture point data of the part using a 3D scanner. We have helped clients to reverse engineer parts from a variety of industries. For example, aerospace, medical, dental, machining, automotive, and electronics. 3D scanning product development is versatile, and can apply to almost any application.
The next step is to measure the point cloud to record the accurate size and shape of the part. At the conclusion of the 3D scanning service, the additive manufacturing engineer should inspect the scan. As a result, it will be ready for import into the CAD software.
The 3D printing reverse engineering process will continue by converting the data into CAD (Computer Aided Design) software. This will allow the designer to develop, modify, and optimize the design. Therefore, this is a critical step of the 3D printing reverse engineering process to increase accuracy and quality of the design data.
Reverse Engineering Legality
Reverse engineering is a great way to replicate or replace parts that the manufacturer does not have original design specifications for. However, license agreements and patents can restrict certain applications for 3D scanning product development. According to the Defend Trade Secrets Act, reverse engineering cannot be used as an improper means of acquiring information. In other words, it cannot be used to “invent” and replicate a patented part or tool.
Reverse engineering is completely legal as long as the engineers take necessary precautions. The part should be acquired through a simple purchase. In addition, it should not contain any conditions that prohibit the 3D scanning service, or CAD design development process.
Please refer to the original part manual, or contact us with questions.
Examples of Reverse Engineering
Reverse engineering has a multitude of applications to improve additive manufacturing workflows. For example, to detect manufacturing problems without taking the product apart, and putting it back together correctly. As a result, the production line parts can be improved for increased efficiency.
3D reverse engineering can replace legacy parts that are no longer available by the original manufacturer. In addition, all of these methods will improve the product documentation on file.