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Reverse Engineering 50-Year-Old Part From Scratch

Reverse Engineering A 50-Year-Old Part From Scratch.

Representatives from a large manufacturing company contacted us with the request to re-create a historic part that was still in production after 50 years. The existing mold had become damaged and no original CAD files ever existed. 

The Problem

The manufacturer was challenged with fulfilling orders for a part that could no longer be made with the existing mold. They did not know if an exact re-design would be possible. 

The Goal

The goal was to duplicate an existing component without the aid of drawings, documentation or computer models.

Our Strategy

Our project engineers knew they would have to reverse engineer the mold. With no design prints and only the part to go off of, our team was essentially re-creating a production part from nothing. We used CT scanning, a reverse engineering process, to gather the necessary insight to create a CAD design. From that CAD design, we were able to re-create the mold.

The Result

 

This fast and nondestructive approach also helped identify any design issues and ensure highly accurate and detailed measurements of the part. All of the equipment needed to complete the process was available in-house, which added to efficiencies in regard to speed and budget.