Not sure what the original question was that started this... but, as a
11 year veteran in digitizing, the field will explode due to new
developments in software which can take ANSI point cloud and tranform
that data into a viable surfaced models (virtual 3D models)...
As a product development company serving multiple industries we're
exploiting the possibilities. Think of the toy industry or complex
geometries ergonomically designed that are impossible to design in
CAD. Impossible because of complex sculptural forms. Software
packages are not capable of facilitating the designer and/or the
scupltur in many instances. Further even if the software was capable,
the typical high-end CAD jock does not fit the design/sculptur
We're succesful using a touch probe/CMM process dovetailed with
Imageware's Surface Modeler.
We have now completed 2 projects using Imagewares Surfacer.
One was a sculpture to be used in a consumer personal care product
(child's toothbrush (caricature of an animal)). The surfaced model
created through Imageware's product was ported into SDRC MS and
ultimately used by a Belgium toolmaker to design a 16 cavity
production injection mold and CNC the electrodes needed to EDM the
The second project was a joy stick designed by a design firm
specializing in human ergonomics. (No CAD data, very complex surface
geometry/form). The product was for an industrial application. Our
client wanted design in ProE for archive. As the product developer,
engineer, tool maker and producer, we needed to perform assembly
design, structural analysis, mold flow, build design verification
models and tools. The product was perfect for DTM's SLS RapidTool
process. Without the 3D enabling CAD data none of these time
compression attributes would have been assessable. AND without
digitizing, access to 3D technologies was virtually impossible.
Many industries are shut out of these time saving technologies because
of the nature of their products. Reverse imaging (a.k.a.. Reverse
Engineering) allows access to them. It facilitates merging
traditional model making, sculpting, complex designs to maintain the
creative integrity of their products.
Clearing the air and justifing the means.
Jim Williams, President/CEO
Paramount Industries, Inc.
2475 Big Oak Road
Langhorne, PA 19047
A Rapid Product Development Company
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Subject: Re: reverse engineering
Author: email@example.com at INTERNET
Date: 5/23/97 2:46 PM
Can't say if the reverse engineering is "valuable", but it is already available
and being sold. So someone thinks so.
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