Reverse engineering is an inverted approach to the subject of traditional engineering. Traditional engineering is characterized by a standard path of transition from the idea of creating a detail, preparing technical documentation to creating a functional, final product. In the case of reverse engineering, we deal with the performance of a digital mapping of the surface of a real object, where the product after the surface scanning process is the so-called point cloud. After scanning the real object and professional processing of data obtained in the form of a point cloud, we are able to create a real 3D model of the object and then prepare full 2D technical documentation.
The practical application of reverse engineering in industry is applicable wherever we are unable to obtain or recover the required technical documentation for a given detail or purchase components unavailable on the market. Thanks to this technology, we are able to perform measurements for complex geometric shapes. This option is used wherever for conventional measuring devices it is too difficult and time-consuming, and sometimes even impossible due to the size of the object to be measured.
The reverse engineering process additionally introduces the benefits of storing and archiving digital CAD data as visible real objects that can be constantly updated, e.g., in production processes – moulds, dies and machine components.