Reverse engineering project


In a recent project, our team successfully leveraged advanced technologies to assist a client in improving their casting and mold for sand casting. The client sought to enhance the original design by creating a new CAD model through 3D scanning and reverse engineering. This process allowed us to upgrade the model, optimize its features, and produce detailed 2D drawings and a 3D model for a new sandcasting tool.

Project Overview

The client provided us with a physical model of an existing casting and mold, intending to make significant enhancements to the original part. The primary objective was to utilize 3D scanning to capture precise details of the original model and then develop a new CAD model. This new model would incorporate upgrades and enhanced features, resulting in a larger and more efficient product.

3D Scanning Process

The project began with the 3D scanning of the original casting and mold. Using high-resolution 3D scanners, we captured the intricate details and geometry of the physical part. This step was crucial as it provided a comprehensive digital representation of the original model, serving as the foundation for further development.

3D scanning technology offers numerous advantages, including:

  • Precision: Captures exact dimensions and features of the physical model.
  • Efficiency: Reduces the time required for manual measurements and modeling.
  • Accuracy: Ensures the digital model accurately reflects the physical part.

CAD Outsourcing and SolidWorks

Once the 3D scanning was complete, we utilized our CAD outsourcing services to develop the new model. Using SolidWorks, a powerful CAD software, we converted the scanned data into a detailed 3D CAD model. SolidWorks enabled us to efficiently manipulate and enhance the model, ensuring it met the client’s requirements for improved performance and design.

Key benefits of using SolidWorks in this project included:

  • Advanced Features: Tools for simulation, analysis, and design verification.
  • Flexibility: Ability to easily modify and optimize the model.
  • Integration: Seamless integration with 3DEXPERIENCE for enhanced collaboration.

Enhancing the CAD Model

During the CAD modeling phase, we worked closely with the client to understand their specific requirements and desired upgrades. The goal was to enhance the model’s features, making it larger and more efficient. Our team of experienced CAD designers utilized SolidWorks to implement these changes, ensuring the new model was optimized for better performance.

Enhancements included:

  • Structural Improvements: Reinforcing critical areas to improve durability.
  • Design Optimization: Streamlining the design for better functionality and aesthetics.
  • Feature Upgrades: Adding new features to enhance the product’s capabilities.

Detailed 2D Drawings and 3D Model

After finalizing the CAD model, we generated detailed 2D drawings and a 3D model for the new sandcasting tool. These deliverables were essential for the client’s manufacturing process, providing precise specifications and visualizations necessary for production.

The detailed drawings included:

  • Dimensions: Accurate measurements of all components.
  • Material Specifications: Information on the materials to be used.
  • Assembly Instructions: Step-by-step guide for assembling the parts.

Benefits of 3DEXPERIENCE

Throughout the project, we utilized the 3DEXPERIENCE platform to enhance collaboration and communication with the client. This cloud-based platform allowed for real-time sharing of data and models, ensuring that all stakeholders were aligned and informed throughout the process.

Advantages of 3DEXPERIENCE included:

  • Collaboration: Real-time data sharing and communication.
  • Transparency: Clear visibility into project progress and changes.
  • Efficiency: Streamlined workflow and reduced delays.


The 3D scanning and reverse engineering project was a success, resulting in a new and improved CAD model that met the client’s requirements. By leveraging our CAD outsourcing services, SolidWorks, and the 3DEXPERIENCE platform, we were able to efficiently enhance the original design and deliver high-quality results. The detailed 2D drawings and 3D model for the new sandcasting tool provided the client with all the necessary information for production, ensuring a seamless transition from design to manufacturing.


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