RE: [rp-ml] What is the best reverse engineering software available?

From: Deelip Menezes <>
Date: Fri Jul 30 2004 - 08:29:47 EEST

Speaking about Rhino, you may want to also try out Point Cloud for Rhino
( which is a plugin for Rhino
that creates a nurbs surface or polygon mesh from a point cloud. Priced
at 250 USD.
/Deelip Menezes

-----Original Message-----
From: [] On
Behalf Of Eric Stone
Sent: Friday, July 30, 2004 6:43 AM
To: SiderWhite; Rapid Prototyping List
Subject: RE: [rp-ml] What is the best reverse engineering software

Hello Glenn,

If you have a good scanner, you can mill directly on the scanner-output
stl data.

You'll need a CAM package which can import the scanner data, parse it
for the production process (tool design), and mill directly on the data.

A more detailed description can be found at:




Only if you need modifications or the CAD data for reference, is the RE
process necessary. If so, there are a number of CAD solutions that can's up to your existing CAD solution, your preferences, your
needs and expertise which one is best.

I hope this helps. Please feel free to contact me with any questions.
I can also provide additional references if you require.


Eric Stone

Capture3D, Inc.

Costa Mesa, CA


-----Original Message-----
From: []On
Behalf Of SiderWhite
Sent: Wednesday, July 28, 2004 11:00 PM
To: Rapid Prototyping List
Subject: [rp-ml] What is the best reverse engineering software

I'm taking an informal poll of the rp-ml list here:
In your opinion, hands down, what is the best reverse engineering
software out there? My application would be to scan/digitize formed
parts, bring the point cloud or scanned surfaces/curves into the
software, quickly create accurate solid models, and be able to create
good clean machinable solids/surfaces with a minimum of fuss.
Glenn Whiteside
Received on Fri Jul 30 07:40:55 2004

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