What Is Reverse Engineering?

The design process using SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD to create new designs or recreate existing designs based on ones that already exist. Reverse engineering can accelerate product development and reduce risk, save time, and increase productivity.

Some of the Reverse Engineering tools used in this article are:

  • Surfacing Tools that enable creation and editing of complex geometry, including stylish, curve-continuous surfaces.
  • Auto Trace to import image files of paper sketches to begin your design.

Now we have to make the model using the tools mentioned above.


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Reverse Engineering in SOLIDWORKS Is Beyond Imagination.

Product design today is largely a digital effort. The paperless design has been something that we’ve been writing about for years, but the reality is that though designs can be tested, verified and validated digitally, physical parts and prototypes remain a reality for most manufacturers. As a result, capturing data from physical objects and putting that data back into the digital model is often a crucial part of the design cycle.


Reverse engineering enables users to create a 3D virtual model of an existing physical part that can then be used in 3D CAD, computer-aided manufacturing, and other computer-aided engineering applications. Today we can find that Reverse engineering in SOLIDWORKS has crossed boundaries of imagination.


In Implant design, the wearable body parts can be replaced with respective implant design. For example, Knee replacement implant, Dental cavity implants.


Let’s take a look at one extraordinary application of implant design. To simplify the complicated design of knee replacement implants we can use the CT scan data of a live person. The exported files from CT scan can be converted into.STL format with Mimics. We can take a look at 3D scan data image of the knee.


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An Overview of Dimxpert Model.


DimXpert is part of the SWIFT (SOLIDWORKS Intelligent Feature Technology) functionality found in SOLIDWORKS. More than just dimensioning, DimXpert provides an environment to add dimensions, both manually and automatically, to your designs complete with tolerancing.

DimXpert follows ASME Y14.41-2003 and ISO 16792:2006. Even if you do not typically apply GD&T you can still use the Plus / Minus Tolerancing, represented in many standard (common) formats.

Getting Started (Manual Dimensions)

Both the Tree and the ribbon contain tools for working with DimXpert.



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