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3D Scanning & 3D Printing: A Natural Combination for Increased Productivity - benefits of metrology-grade HandySCAN 3D product, Cameron Bevan, MCAD Cafe, Sep 22, 2015

Recreating History in Geomagic Design X - reverse-engineering software help extract, convert scan data into editable geometry, has features like deviation detection system, Live Transfer to send newly constructed geometry to popular CAD packages, Kenneth Wong, Virtual Desktop, Sep 14, 2015

The Social Impact of Reverse Engineering Mesh Data - coupled with 3D printer, reverse engineering technology can allow people to recreate product for illegal purposes, Shawn Wasserman, ENGINEERING.com, June 25, 2015

NPower Introduces New Reverse Engineering Software for SOLIDWORKS - Power Surfacing RE bridges gap between scanned mesh data, NURBS-based SOLIDWORKS geometry, Randall Newton, Graphic Speak, June 8, 2015

Selecting the Right CAD Model for Reverse Engineering - most common CAD model formats developed for specific applications: Polygonal Modeling (STL), NURBS, Parametric, hybrid, Gaurang Trivedi, TrueCADD, Apr 29, 2015

Scanagrammetry - photogrammetry is evolving fast, becoming integrated with laser scanning systems rather than replacing them, Jonathan Coco, SPAR Point Group, Apr 2015

Bridging the Gap - obstacles like working within guides of contract, convincing client of long-term value of service don't let architects trust point cloud, Shaheed Smith, SPAR Point Group, Apr 2015

Putting Point Clouds to Work: Then, Now, & Later - 3D laser scanning technology captures 'snap-shots' of conditions before, during, after project phases, providing useful scan data, Kevin Nelson, AECbytes, Nov 20, 2014

How Reverse Engineering is Useful for Improving Design and Manufacturing - helps in product design analysis, identifying unavailable geometrical information, Nikunj Patel, Hi-Tech Engineering Services, June 23, 2014

How to: Reverse Engineer a 3D Scan - basics of reconstructing geometry using connected surfaces in Rhino, Jordan Pelovitz, LAGOA, May 12, 2014

What's the Right 3D Scanner for You? - available types: structured light, laser scanners, photogrammetry, contact probe; consider factors like portability, accuracy, speed, cost before making purchasing decision, Jordan Pelovitz, LAGOA, Apr 21, 2014

Arena View - Arena 4D integrates multiple visualization tools with 3D scanned point clouds. CAD User, Jan 2014

3D Systems' Geomagic Capture Brings 3D Scanning to Engineers - 3D family of desktop scanner, software tools for professional scan-based design, quality inspection, plug-in packages cost $14,900, Jill Jerabek, Creo Community, Nov 15, 2013

Geomagic Capture Brings Professional Scan-Design to the Desktop - software/hardware bundle for professional scan-to-design, quality inspection, price range from $14,900 to $24,900, Randall Newton, Graphic Speak, Nov 12, 2013

Thinkbox - Changing Point Cloud Processing by Orders of Magnitude - FROST software can render 40 billion points in 28 minutes, turn into meshes, but needs supports of solid state drives to hold all that data, Ralph Grabowski, CAD Insider, July 26 2013

3D Laser Scanning: Different Type of Scanners - basis of scanning terms: 3D scanner, 3D object scanning, LiDAR, point cloud; different types of 3D laser scanners: airborne, mobile, phased-based, time of flight, Eugene O'Day, Ideate, July 11, 2013 

Spider 3D Scanner Targets Small, Intricate Objects - lightweight, handheld scanner can scan sharp edges, small details in real time with great resolution, accuracy, priced at $20,500, Nancy Spurling Johnson, Cadalyst, May 16, 2013

Laser Scanning Hardware  - discussing plant field, BIM, civil/survey workflows, YouTube, May 9, 2013

Interview with Moedls Founder John Fehr: 3D Scanning From a Mobile Device - talk about Moedls for hobbyists, creating working prototype, Kickstarter campaigns, 3DEngr.com, Mar 2013

Acquisitions Just Keep Coming: Autodesk, Hexagon - Autodesk acquires PI-VR for real-time visualization technology; Hexagon acquires New River Kinematics for SpatialAnalyzer, Monica Schnitger, Schnitger Corp Hot Topics, Jan 9, 2013

Short-Range 3D Scanning Technologies: An Overview - discussing triangulation-based, white light, time-of-flight 3D scanners, Daniel Brown, Creaform 3D Blog, Dec 3, 2012

Rapidform 3D Scanner Recreates Ancient Caves - supports 3D scanning of broken, fatigued, discontinued piece by using  its software sections XOS, XOR, XOV, Cabe Atwell, Design News, Dec 4, 2012

3D Laser Scanning: As-Built Reality Capture for BIM - understanding laser scanning process, formats, standards, wish-list for future, Scott Page, AECbytes, Nov 29, 2012

RapidForm XOV3 - supports NX, CATIA V5, Creo, 3D geometric dimensioning, tolerancing, gives instant feedback during part scanning, has LiveInspect feature, batch processing, trend analysis tools, Al Dean, DEVELOP 3D, Oct 16, 2012 (

And Buy More: 3D Systems Buys Rapidform, Siemens Buys Kineo - Kineo CAM's products are delivered as COTS apps, software libraries; Rapidform acquired for $35 million, Monica Schnitger, Schnitger Corp Hot Topics, Oct 10, 2012

3D Scanning Heads Toward Seamless CAD Integration - 3D scanning hardware vendor, bridge software producer talk about concept of seamless integration, Debbie Sniderman, Desktop Engineering, Oct 1, 2012

Common Questions on 3D Post-Processing Software - definition, needs, advanced features in 3D post-processing software, Thomas Tong, 3D3 Solutions, Mar 12, 2012

Automating 3D Scanner Data Alignment Using Markers - benefits of using markers for data alignment, direct, indirect placement methods for photogrammetry marker setup, Thomas Tong, 3D3 Solutions, Feb 24, 2012

The 3D Art Behind America's Great Engineering Projects - National Park Service is using 3D imagery to generate point clouds of data to show 3D version of object, Daniel Terdiman, CNET, Feb 23, 2012

Designing from the Outside In: Reverse Engineering - 3D laser video scanners, easy, affordable reverse engineering software, integrated with CAD programs, help create 3D virtual model of physical objects, Barb Schmitz, Creo (by PTC), Nov 14, 2011

Benefits of Digital Metrology - manufacturers are using 3D metrology tools like scanning, digitizing, automated probing of physical parts to help design engineers, Debbie Sniderman, Desktop Engineering, Sep 1, 2011

3D Laser Scanners: the Ongoing Quest for Portability - self-positioning, portable 3D scanners are compact, accurate, use optical tracker, reflectors, Daniel Brown, Inside Metrology, July 6, 2011

Laser Scanning: Back to Basics, Pt 2 - basic requirements include space, power, temperature, light, preparation of subject, dealing with spotters, Stuart Brown, DEVELOP 3D, June 20, 2011

3D Scanning is Flying High - easy-to-use, accurate, affordable 3D laser scanning is being adopted rapidly in AEC, manufacturing industry, Susan Smith, Cadalyst, June 2, 2011

3D Scanning and Touch-Probing: Ideal Partners for QC - criteria for choosing scanning, probing methods while reverse engineering product, Daniel Brown, Inside Metrology, May 25, 2011

Laser Scanning: Back to Basics, Pt 1 - basic overview of scanning at practical level, Stuart Brown, DEVELOP 3D, May 31, 2011

Six 3D Scanner Makers Adopt Geomagic Wrap - Creaform, 3D3 Solutions, 3D Digital, Noomeo, Open Technologies, Vialux adopt Geomagic Wrap OEM Edition software for integrated scan-to-3D solutions, Randall Newton, GraphicSpeak, May 23, 2011

Autodesk to Take Next Step in the Automatic Creation of 3D Models from Photographs - Project Photofly converts photos of object or scene into 3D model, can create textured meshes, Greg Corke, DEVELOP 3D, May 17, 2011

Bageera Prowls with Help from Reverse Engineering Technology - students at Concordia University create hybrid of Volkswagen Jetta, Yamaha motorcycle using Geomagic Studio, Creaform scanner, Develop 3D, May 2011

SPAR International 2011 Conference Demonstrates Versatility and Importance of 3D Imaging - industry experts discussed technology trends in design process, American Surveyor, Apr 7, 2011

Project Photofly: Red Box Diaries - create 3D model of person's head using 14 cameras each taking single picture, Inventor Fusion for housing design, made with 3D printers, Scott Sheppard, Autodesk Labs, Mar 1, 2011

Reversing the Physical Into Digital - modern reverse engineering apps have point-cloud processors for converting scanned point cloud data into CAD models cost effectively, Lawrence Gould, Time Compression, Jan 5, 2011

Use Your Camera to 3D Scan Your Face, Your Bunions, Your Cat (Autodesk Photofly vs. Trimensional)   - make your photos comical, 3D effect, stitching photos, front facing camera required, Josh Mings, SolidSmack, Jan 11, 2011

Dream Maker - Brown picks software packages, 2800 Bugatti parts, applies Photo View 360, Al Dean, Develop 3D, Jan 3, 2011


Jay Leno's Garage & FARO Technologies   - Geomagic, scanner, Inventor used to reverse engineer out-of-production auto parts, FARO, YouTube, Dec 21, 2010

Reverse Engineering with T-Splines and Rhino - T-Splines used to reverse engineer NURBS model from mesh, limitations, rendering in Rhino, Deelip Menezes, Deelip.com, Oct 12, 2010

How to Choose 3D Point Cloud Processing Software - using Rapidform XOR3, visualization tools, meshing, Pamela Waterman, Desktop Engineering, Sep 1, 2010

Verisurf's Master3DGage: the Cure for Short Arms - measuring arm for reverse engineering/3D inspection, GagePlate system, deviation of measured part to CAD model, Roopinder Tara, CAD Insider, Sep 13, 2010

Milestones in 3D Measurement - creating 3D image, transferring to CAD software to create working 3D model of part, white light technology, CCD, MCADonline, Jun 9, 2010

Collected Works of the JT Debate - no JT in InterOp Release 21, writing JT translators, Spatial can reverse-engineer Inventor files, Ralph Grabowski, WorldCAD Access, Jun 7, 2010

ODA Publishes DWG 2010 File Format Specification - OpenNURBS Initiative, DWG 2010 support, Deelip Menezes, Jun 2, 2010

Using Photosynth to Generate a Few Sparse Point Clouds - selecting create a synth button, edge computing, using Photosynth import plug-in, Kean Walmsley, Through the Interface, May 26, 2010

The History of 3D Scan Based Reverse Engineering - Why All the Focus on NURBS? - disadvantage of NURBS models obtained from scan data, Tom Charron of Rapidform Inc., Deelip.com, Mar 19, 2010


Reverse-Engineering Now Standard Practice - CAD software, plug-in facilitate point-cloud processing, getting important information out of scanned data, Kenneth Wong, Desktop Engineering, Oct 1, 2009

Picking the Right Output for RE - knowing type of data required when reverse engineering part saves time, money, Nathan Garrett, Desktop Engineering, May 31, 2009


What's the Best Way to Capture Shape Data? - digital shape-sampling and processing technique captures data for digital representations of physical objects, Paul Deyo, Machine Design, May 6, 2008

How Hybrid Modeling Improves Reverse Engineering - digital shape sampling and processing combined with feature-based modeling removes shortcomings of creating complex surfaces, David Bell, Machine Design, Apr 21, 2008


Maximizing RP Service-Bureau Savvy - service bureaus provide updated information on rapid prototyping and manufacturing techniques to customers, Pamela J. Waterman, Desktop Engineering, Oct 1, 2007

What's Driving 3D Digitizing? - digital shape sampling and processing (DSSP) software is getting popular because of its usefulness among users, Pamela J. Waterman, Desktop Engineering, July 31, 2007

Pushing the Traditional Design Envelope with Hybrid Modeling - benefits of hybrid modeling and creating a parametric model of a complex pump impeller, David W. Bell, Moldmaking Technology, August 2007


Automating Reverse Engineering - Roland LPX-600 laser scanner and RapidForm XO Redesign software generate sterolithography files easer than with conventional methods, Pedro Gonzalez  of Roland Inc., Machine Design, August 24, 2006

Shaving Seconds From an Olympic Lid - CFD analysis and reverse engineering using Fluent and Geomagic for British cycling team helmets, Erin Hatfield, Desktop Engineering, April 2006

Digitized for Downstream Development - Realadi created 3D CAD model of propjet using photogrammetry, optical scanning technology and RapidForm reverse engineering software, L. James Ashley, Desktop Engineering, January 2006

Engineering for the Gold - US Olympic team models bobsled, riders and their helmets with reverse engineering software for CFD analysis, Erin Hatfield, Desktop Engineering, January 2006

3D Input Technology - reverse engineering tools like 3D scanners help you build 3D models from 2D drawings, Mike Hudspeth, Cadalyst Manufacturing, January 1, 2006

Digitized for Downstream Development - Realadi generated a 3D CAD model of Lancair's aerodynamic propjet using various reverse engineering software, L. James Ashley, Desktop Engineering, January 2006


Fast & Clean - Watermark Sports used Konica Minolta's Vivid 910 laser scanner and INUS Technology's RapidForm software for reverse engineering the boats model for year 2005, Todd Grimm, Desktop Engineering, November 2005

Reverse Engineering 101 - software for portable CMMs make reverse engineering useful to manipulate images by modifying, doubling, or repositioning them, Robert Pearce of Faro, Machine Design, August 2005

Reverse Engineering: Magic, Mystique, and Myth - while 3D scanning is seeing increased use, many misconceptions about reverse technology still exist, Todd Grimm, Desktop Engineering, July 2005

Reverse Engineering a Lost Culture - little is left of the ancient Samnite culture after the Romans wiped them out but reverse engineering is helping us learn more, Harry Hutchinson, Mechanical Engineering, July 2005

Working Backward - reverse engineering is an invaluable tool for discovering and learning about the various aspects of a product: from its structure to design, Jean Thilmany, Mechanical Engineering, June 2005 (more CAM features)

Reverse Engineering With a SolidWorks Interface - in a bid to bring reverse engineering into SolidWorks, applications within the partner program enable the capture of data from an existing part for creating feature based models, Lynda Rutledge, SolidWorks Community, April 19, 2005 (requires free registration)

Mustang Accelerates in Reverse - stamping dies reverse engineered with Geomagic Studio for Ford Mustang, Jill Aitoro, Caduser, March 2005

Reverse Engineering: The Catalyst Behind the Next Big Aerospace Leap - reverse engineering is the key to conquering the divide between the physical and digital worlds and creating full integration among all facets of the aerospace manufacturing process, Ping Fu, Aerospace Engineering (hosted on Geomagic.com), January 20, 2005

Engineers Must Forward Engineer to Reverse Engineer - restoring a vintage de Havilland Vampire jet fighter using FARO and MicroStation Modeler, Nick Reffold, timecompress.com, May 2002

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