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Reverse Engineering – What is it?

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The 3D Quick Print team were recently asked to produce some grab handles for the under-floor electric box that contains power and internet sockets. You’ve probably seen them in conference rooms and hotels.
The first thing the bureau service team said was ‘yeah, no problem – please send us the .stl file’. All we got back thou was a couple of pictures with rough dimensions. We then began to think about how we could still 3D print the parts by scanning the original sample and then creating the .stl file from the scanned data. This process is called Reverse Engineering. Original part first – then having digital data second.

2 Sample 3D printed parts were produced from the scanned data that were swiftly delivered by our Service Bureau team. Once it was known that the parts were fit for purpose an order was placed with 3D Quick Printing for 30 of the grab handles to satisfy the customers current and future demands for these obsolete parts.

The image below shows the original (grey) part and the two 3D printed samples either side 3D printed by our service bureau.

One of the most publicised Reverse Engineering stories is that of Jay Leno, the famous American talk show host and his difficulty in sourcing a component for his beloved 1907 Steam Car.
Click on the link below to see more on this fascinating story….

Enjoy the show and thanks for reading another case study from the 3D Quick printing Bureau Service Team.