CMM Reverse Engineering

We scan your component and supply it back, with a working CAD file

Reverse engineering is a method of creating a 3D virtual model from an existing physical part for use in 3D computer-aided design (CAD). It enables us to reproduce parts where the original CAD and/or drawing aren’t available. 

This enables engineers to:

  • Innovate through modifications and improvements.
  • Identify vulnerabilities to reduce risk.
  • Introduce cost-saving measures.
  • Provide clarity for the future.

Why Status?

  • Super fast turnaround – generally you’ll receive your workable CAD file in as little as 3 – 5 days!
  • We come to you to scan the part OR send it in to us, depending on the size.
  • No part too big or too small.
  • Cost effective.

A 6 Step Process

Step 1: Scanning 

The reverse engineering process always begins by scanning the part in question. Depending on the part, Status do this either at your premises with our RA8 8.3 Absolute Arm fitted with the HP-L-8.9T2 or in-house.

Step 2: Point-Cloud Data Processing

The point-cloud data captured from our state-of-the-art laser scanning technology is then processed, turning the 1+ Million cloud points into a detailed representation of the physical part in the 3D space.

Step 3: Mesh Conversion

The data is converted to mesh where .STL files can be saved directly from the point cloud data.

Step 4: CAD File Creation

Using industry standard 3D CAD software, accurate and top quality 3D models are generated.

Step 5: CNC Machining to Create Parts (Not done by Status)

The 3D CAD models can then be used in CNC machining for new part creation – including prototypes to production level parts.

Step 6: Parts Delivered (Not done by Status)

Your new parts would then be packaged and delivered by your chosen CNC machining partner.




Can drawings be directly produced for manufacturing? No, additional steps are required before manufacturing can occur. It’s important to remember that reverse engineering is NOT engineering and without additional information, we are not able to derive tolerances nor nominal values. Once the reverse engineering process is complete, additional considerations will be needed to apply manufacturing tolerances.

Is it possible to reverse engineer the internal features of a part? Yes, internal cavities can be captured and modelled. At Status, we’re able to reverse engineer all internal features (destructively) once the entire part has been digitised. The part is then split to expose internal cavities.

Will the reverse-engineered model be an exact replica of the original part? No, it will have slight differences from the physical model.

Do I need a reverse engineering service to create a replica part? No, it isn’t always necessary to replicate a part through reverse engineering. Instead, parts can be replicated by digitising the original into an STL model and then getting it 3D printed.

We’ve provided reverse engineering solutions for customers across the Automotive, Aerospace, Defence, Oil and Gas, Marine, Precision Engineering industries and more. Complete the form provided to learn more about our CMM reverse engineering services today.