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REVERSE ENGINEERING SERVICE

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Reverse engineering is the process of creating a digital version of a physical product through 3D scanning and CAD software. With access to cutting edge 3D laser  scanners with a resolution of up to 7 microns, we're able to capture and document your parts quickly and accurately.

THE BENEFITS OF REVERSE ENGINEERING

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DESIGN IMPROVEMENT:

Reverse engineering allows you to enhance existing parts by taking a look at how they work and adding in your own improvements to the design and functionality.

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CHEAPER PRODUCTION:

Reverse engineering allows you to take an original product and change its material and method so that it becomes cheaper to manufacture.

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PART REPLACEMENT:

If a component is damaged or no longer in production, through reverse engineering we can extract information from the old part to create a new model.

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THE REVERSE ENGINEERING PROCESS

The Hatch Reverse Engineering method allows you to go from a real-world component and specification all the way to production. Whether you're replicating and matching the product in question, or enhancing and refining the design, Hatch has the specialist tools to capture all of the required features and transform them into a new CAD model. We can assist you every step of the way.

Engineering Plans
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STAGE ONE: 3D SCAN

To inspect the physical product, a high-resolution CMM arm laser scanning is used. A mesh of the recorded locations is generated. The surfaces of each component are broken down into smaller triangles or polygons in order to generate a 3D mesh which is imported into CAD software.

STAGE TWO: CAD MODELLING 

The mesh data is utilised to build a functional CAD model. All of the product's characteristics are translated into a completely editable CAD model. This provides us with a starting point for making modifications or improvements.

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STAGE THREE: DESIGN OPTIMISATION

We enhance particular characteristics in order to make the ultimate product function more effectively, whether it be for looks, strength, or weight. These are just a few: 

  • Reorganisation of the part's features to reduce costs or inefficiencies.

  • Clearance analysis in order to improve product performance.

  • Material usage investigation to identify areas that could be combined into one part, reducing overall material costs.

  • Structural analysis provides weight analysis, strength testing, cost savings suggestions etc.

STAGE FOUR: DESIGN FOR MANUFACTURE

We ensure that all of our components are made to the specific constraints of the planned manufacturing output in order to minimise any interruption during the design-to-production process.

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STAGE ONE:

3D Scan

STAGE TWO:

CAD Modelling

STAGE THREE:

Design Optimisation

STAGE FOUR:

Design for Manufacture 

WHY

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FLEXIBLE DESIGN

We ensure the design process is as flexible and iterative as possible to accommodate any changes to the direction of your product.

EXPERT KNOWLEDGE

We have specialist design knowledge that spans a wide range of industries and sectors, ensuring your product is made in the most cost-efficient way, without compromising on quality.

BESPOKE SERVICE

We offer a completely bespoke design service tailored to fit your product development needs.

THE COMPLETE PROCESS

We partner with local manufacturers to bring the entire design process from idea generation through to manufacture all in one place.

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Have worked with Max from Hatch for a few years on a large number of our products and two stroke engine designs.

 

The reverse engineering capabilities have proved to be an invaluable resource for our business and will continue to be via Hatch Product Design.

 

Mike, Owner

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