In Manufacturing Engineering and Industrial Design, Reverse Engineering is the process of achieving a 3D Computer-Aided Model of an existing object, starting from a point cloud obtained through a 3D digitizer or scanner.
Reverse Engineering (RE) is used to acquire the model geometry and shape when product drawings are not available and/or component details have been modified, typically for prototyping purposes. This approach is divided into an acquisition phase to obtain a measured point cloud, through the direct 3D digitizing of the object, and an elaboration phase to rebuild the Computer-Aided Design (CAD) and/or a Solid-to-Layer (STL) model.
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