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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Follow these steps to convert 3D scan data in *.stl format into parts in SOLIDWORKS:

Import scanned data in any formats like: Scan to 3D mesh files (*.3ds, *.obj, *wrl, *.stl, *.ply) and Point cloud files (*.xyz, *.txt ,*asc ,*vda ,*.igs ).

With the help of mesh prep wizard, we can mesh the scanned data. First of all, we have to redefine the origin and its datum axis. While scanning the unnecessary data is also scanned, such data is called noise, which can be removed by selection. We can maintain the cloud point density. In transition or sharp areas, we can manually select the boundaries and increase the mesh density so the smoothness of the model can be maintained.

With the help of a surface wizard, we can convert meshed data into surfaces by automatic or guided creation. Finally, we can prepare solid component of meshed data.

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We can observe the elegance of the Femur bone model prepared in solid part. This model can be used for the design of the implant. So we can say that the reverse engineering in SOLIDWORKS can be beyond our imagination.


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