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Reverse Engineering is one of the most common applications for utilising scan data output from 3D optical or CT scanning

Scanning & Reverse Engineering

The PES scanning team is in a unique position to be fully supported by it’s sister division PES Performance. Our engineering design team at PES Performance have delivered many complex reverse engineering projects, from providing a full set up 2D, 3D and manufacturing drawings on an original piece of equipment, through to performance optimisation of the existing piece.

We can deliver using ‘design intent ‘or ‘as manufactured. The combined team operates in multiple sectors including aerospace, medical, maritime, oil and gas, rail and many other sectors. We have managed numerous complex, multi-million pound projects utilising 3D scanning and reverse engineering as part of the process.

Not just a Scanning Solution

We have access to qualified and experienced design engineers, with a combined experience across multiple sectors of over 35 years. They specialise in reverse engineering and optimisation giving our clients a ‘one stop’ solution. No other scanning business has this in-depth knowledge and in-house engineering design capability.

What is Reverse Engineering?

Reverse engineering is the process of collecting data from a piece of equipment, object or system through analysis of its structure, function and operation. It often involves deconstructing an object and analysing its workings in detail.

Some Reasons for reverse engineering:

  • Spare & Manufacturing: Deliver full set of 2D, 3D and manufacturing drawings for the re manufacture of spare parts or re-commissioning a piece of equipment.
  • Performance Optimisation: This is where the PES team excel, and optimisation is about capturing the data of a current piece of equipment and improve its performance. This can be structurally, in manufacture or in optimising the time a part takes to fit into larger pieces of equipment.
  • Commercial or Military Data Capture: Learning about a competitor’s latest research by capturing data to secure as much data as possible to understand its capabilities. It may result in development of similar product.
  • Documentation improvement: Reverse engineering can be done when documentation of a piece of equipment, production, operation or maintenance have shortcomings and original designs are not available.
  • Legacy Equipment: PES will capture the data of a piece of equipment or product that was design pre-digitisation. We will capture the data and reproduce it in a digital model in CAD. One of the applications for this process can be part of a Planned Preventative Maintenance programme when we capture the data and have this archived and available to manufacture spares, therefore reducing the ‘downtime’ and saving time and money in a manufacturing process.
  • Restoration: Optical scanning compliments any restoration project for by data collection archiving and the accurate restoration of a classic or heritage piece.

Siemens NX CAD software

Our engineering team use Siemens NX software. This provides integrated product design, engineering and manufacturing solutions including;

  • Key capabilities for fast, efficient and flexible product development:
  • Advanced solutions for conceptual design, 3D modelling and documentation
  • Multi-discipline simulation for structural, motion, thermal, flow and multi-physics applications
  • Complete part manufacturing solutions for tooling, machining and quality inspection

NX software allows our team to design, simulate and manufacture products faster by enabling design decisions to be made in an integrated product development environment.

If you would like to discuss your project and how our solutions can help you, then please call us for a chat at +44 (0) 114 321 6375 or email with your enquiry.