Reverse engineering is a process by which the design of a product is analysed or recreated using a physical part as a starting point. During the design process for a new product, clay models and different types of prototypes will be made in order to test, evaluate and validate the conceptual design. This process is usually iterative and requires several modifications to the original design.
Reverse engineering is a valuable solution for extracting the dimensions of handmade models, clay models and prototypes; especially those with freeform shapes. You could also acquire the 3D geometry of an existing object in order to incorporate some of its features in the new product design. In addition to that, a 3D scanning solution can also provide a powerful tool for documenting and archiving the different design iterations.
The critical steps in reverse engineering are acquiring, accurately and efficiently, the dimensions of the object and extracting the necessary information from the resulting scan in order to create the new design with the right look and functionality.