Every day at Purple, we are filled to the brim with intriguing projects, procedures and pure passion for this industry. With each and every operation we aid in, there are lessons that can be gained and tips and tricks to yield. That’s why we have created, 30 on 3D – a new YouTube series where we give you 30 seconds of expertise that can be beneficial in your future endeavors. To kick off our first episode, we are taking a glance at reverse engineering using the power of 3D scanning technology.
Recently, Senior Research and Development Engineer, Peter Montgomery, used 3D scanning and reverse engineering to create a holding fixture for a component. To do this, he scanned the part at several different angles using our Next Engine 3D scanner, then merged those scans together to form a CAD parametric. Capturing this data and translating it into CAD modeling geometry gave Peter the ability to reference the exact measurements and ultimately, design the final product to send it to the printer for production.
One of the biggest benefits of 3D scanning is the fact that you can acquire CAD data from any part despite if data didn’t exist previously. From old car parts to something as organic as a carved wooden sculpture, obtaining the CAD data is completely possible with 3D scanning. To learn more next time, stay tuned for more 30 on 3D.