Geomagic Design X: The Impact of Regions when Reverse Engineering

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As discussed in my previous blog, Geomagic Design X gives engineers a very powerful tool for reverse engineering.  One of the reasons mentioned was the segmentation of the mesh into regions.  This allows users to start sketches off of the planar regions.  Also, primitives, both solids and surfaces, can be created by selecting regions.  Surfaces can also be fit to regions to create more organic shapes. The first step is that the mesh needs to be segmented using the Auto […]

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Benefits of Using Geomagic Design X in Reverse Engineering

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VXmodel is a great tool for reverse engineering (RE). It has a direct transfer to SOLIDWORKS, SolidEdge, and Inventor. The process, as shown here, is a simple one. Create entities in VXmodel, transfer them to CAD, and then use them to guide the RE process. However, like Tim Taylor, I sometimes like “More power!” That extra power comes with Geomagic Design X. Unlike VXmodel, Design X comes with it’s own CAD backbone. This means that the entire RE process is […]

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Getting Sharper Edges from Creaform Scans using VXmodel

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Sometimes when reverse engineering, a fully functional CAD model designed with a full feature is not needed. With the Creaform VXmodel software, a “dumb” solid body can be made from a watertight mesh using the “Auto surface” command. However, sharp corners become rounded due to resolution. By increasing the resolution this can be fixed to a certain extent, but it will never become that sharp edge of the scanned model. Also, flat faces will be mostly flat, but not perfect. […]

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Importance of 3D Scanners in Reverse Engineering

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In my role as Reverse Engineering Specialist with CATI, I have seen many methods used in reverse engineering. I have used quite a few of them also. In this blog, we are going to look at the various techniques to gain a better understanding of why 3D Scanners are so helpful in this area and how other techniques can be used. The first method I ever used is the “Sketch Picture” method. This is used when you don’t actually have […]

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Deep Dive into Reverse Engineering a 3D Scanned Propeller

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One of the main uses of 3D Scanners is reverse engineering, and this may seem like a daunting task. Today, we will be taking a look at this process and how we can accomplish this using VXmodel and SOLIDWORKS. For our example, we’ll be reverse engineering a propeller. Once we have our 3D scanned propeller, we need to properly align it so that the origin and planes correspond with our CAD system to avoid extra steps later on in the […]

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Leveraging 3D Technology in the Product Development Lifecycle

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In previous blogs I introduced you to our new product, the Creaform hand-held scanners. I want to share a presentation in which we used our 3D technology to produce a part in production material. On a Wednesday morning we had a customer provide us with the following requirements for their legacy part… Customer didn't have CAD or paper drawings Is it possible to scan for electronic data? Add another outlet Incorporate LED lights 3D print for verification Produce in Delrin/Acetal […]

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Creaform VXmodel Software…A Series

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Last week was my first week back from Creaform training on the Go!SCAN 20 and HandySCAN 700 handheld scanners, along with VXelements for scanning acquisition and VXmodel for pre-processing scan data for reverse engineering and direct translation into SOLIDWORKS. I had no idea VXmodel was so powerful yet user-friendly. This, coming from a guy who has not touched CAD for quite some time! One of our first projects was to scan a figurine of a lion, save the top scan, […]

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Reverse Engineering Scanner Technology

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Last week, I attended the Wichita Industrial Trade Show which is held every two years in Wichita, Kansas.  This show offers several hundred booths offering machine services to consulting to cleaning products found in most manufacturing shops today.  We ran across one interesting company though that I wanted to share with you as I get a lot of requests for this from customers.  The company is called Modern Manufacturing Technologies International and they offer 3D scanning for reverse engineering or […]

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