The dictionary defines reverse engineering as “the practice of analyzing or analyzing the fundamentals of an apparatus, system or object to additional document its construction, function and performance.”
In state-of-the-art production, the practice of Reverse engineering (Käänteinen suunnittelu) entails assessing a part down to the tiniest detail, so in order to earn a good model and/or 2-D drawing to assist in re-manufacturing. The parameters and characteristics of a part are created via the use of a CMM (coordinate measuring machine) and wide range of manual review equipment. After this is finished, the information is moved into a CAD engineer that recreates the listed geometry to a digital file format through SolidWorks 2009. The measurements take form as a digital good model mimicking all characteristics of the first part. This model is readily converted into a 2-D drawing, then completely dimensioned and toleranced for use on the production floor.