RE: Starting a reverse engineering laboratory.

From: Craig Dechtenberg (
Date: Wed Aug 06 2003 - 21:19:22 EEST

Those are good suggestions for reverse engineering tools. I would like
to add, with regard to the laser scanners, that you might want to
consider the laser scanners from Laser Design, Inc. They are very high
accuracy (up to +/-.001"), and can accomodate a wide range of part
sizes. Their portable systems are the smallest and lightest weight
(only 5 lbs!) - which makes them not only very portable, but also easy
to work with in regard to mounting and orientation. (uses only a
lightweight folding tripod).

Not to mention they are also less expensive. You can find more info at (click on "Products" then "PS-Series").

Craig Dechtenberg

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Sent: Tuesday, August 05, 2003 7:57 PM
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Subject: RE: Starting a reverse engineering laboratory.


Here is what I would put in the lab.

Try and get one of each of these donated.
Contact portable CMM like a Faro or Romer arm
Noncontact point cloud scanner like a Minolta or an Atos. If you have to
by it get a Minolta they are less expensive.

A standard cad package like Pro/E, Solidworks etc.
Try and get as many different kinds of reverse engineering software
donated as possible. Some of the choices are. Imageware, Raindrop
Geomagic, Paraform, and GSI studio. There are many others. Each one is
very different from the others. So you should try and get exposure to as
many of them as you can.

Henry Sommer

-----Original Message-----
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Sent: Tuesday, August 05, 2003 8:05 AM
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Subject: Starting a reverse engineering laboratory.

Hello Group,

I am C.V.Ramachandran, a final year mechanical engineering student from
BITS,Pilani,India.This is my first mail to the group.

Our institute is interested in starting a reverse engineering laboratory
as well as a course on the same.I am therefore in search of the
following info.

1.Details of similar work done in India and else where.
2.A good book on the subject.
3.What are the most basic equipment required and their cost.

Kindly send me whatever info possible.

Thanx a million.

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