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Reverse Engineering

Reverse engineering, also called backwards engineering or back engineering, is the process by which an artificial object is deconstructed to reveal its designs, architecture, code or to extract knowledge from the object.

What is reverse engineering?

Numerous old parts used in machines have stood the test of time. When the part malfunctions or breaks down completely, you replace the component, not the whole device. A process known as reverse engineering makes replacing these parts possible. In any given factory or office building, you’re likely to see manufacturing or computing systems comprised of sophisticated equipment. Typically, the parts in question will range in age from new to more than 20 years old. For these systems to remain intact, various components must be reverse engineered and recreated.

How is reverse engineering used?

As computer-aided design (CAD) has become more popular, reverse engineering has become a viable method to create a 3D virtual model of an existing physical part for use in 3D CAD, CAM, CAE, or other software. The reverse-engineering process involves measuring an object and then reconstructing it as a 3D model. 

Reverse engineering is also used by businesses to bring existing physical geometry into digital product development environments, to make a digital 3D record of their own products, or to assess competitors’ products. It is used to analyze how a product works, what it does, what components it has; estimate costs; identify potential patent infringement; etc.

What can RAPID PROGRESS do for you?

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