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Reverse engineering is the process of analyzing a component or system to:

  • Identify the system of interrelationships
  • Create representations of the system in another form – CAD
  • Create the physical representation of that system – CAM


Reasons to reverse engineer

  • The original manufacturer of a product no longer produces a product or is unable or unwilling to provide additional parts or demands inflated costs for sole-source parts
  • To update obsolete materials or manufacturing processes with more current, less-expensive technologies
  • There is inadequate documentation of the original design
  • The original manufacturer no longer exists, but the customer needs the product
  • The original design documentation has been lost or never existed or the original CAD model is not sufficient to support modifications or current manufacturing methods