Hexagon has unveiled Recreate, a new software solution designed from the ground up to make it easier and faster to reverse engineer parts from metrology scan to manufacturable model.
Hexagon has designed Recreate with the goal of removing complexity from the process, with the new software providing a single working environment from scan through to manufacturable CAD model.
The user is able to prepare CAD models and drawings from any point cloud data, with a CAD tool suite enabling 2D engineering drawings as well as 3D CAD.
Recreate also features a set of analysis tools to enable manufacturing professionals to interrogate the 3D models and validate whether they are manufacturable before exporting as CAD or STL for CAM or additive manufacturing processes.
While designed to be interoperable and slot into a customer’s existing processes, the solution offers additional features to customers that use other Hexagon technologies in their workflow.
Those using Hexagon’s portable arms for inspection, for example, should be able to reduce training needs by allowing any operator to read inspection data directly from the device to reverse engineer using a single solution.
Hexagon states that REcreate has also been rigorously tested with its production software tools that are used to plan, optimise, and program machining processes.
Recreate product manager Ken Woodbine, said: “We believe that by making reverse engineering software versatile and easy-to-use, Recreate gives design, production and inspection teams greater confidence in their reverse engineering processes.
“With the laser scanning technologies available today, there’s no reason why most use cases can’t be addressed by anyone who needs them provided they have access to the data and tools required – be that ensuring a precise fit for replacement components, repairing legacy parts or updating design files with adjusted geometries following prototype creation or production optimisations.”