Reverse Engineering a Useful Part

Project Time: 30 minutes

This project will involve reverse engineering a part from around your house: an electrical socket cover. Why a socket cover? Because everyone has one in their home, so it’s something everyone will be able to follow along with. I’ll be modeling a standard U.S. socket cover, but the process should be pretty similar for other kinds of sockets in other countries.

A standard U.S. electrical socket cover.

The idea here is that you’ll be learning how to take measurements from the original part. So I won’t be providing you with the actual dimensions I used in most cases. Instead, you’ll ...

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