Tamas Varady and Ralph Martin
Reverse engineering, as described in this Chapter, is the process of converting dense 3D point data captured from the surface of an object into a boundary representation CAD model.
There are many applications of reverse engineering. It is often necessary to reproduce a part for which no original drawings or machining data are available. We may wish to re-engineer an existing part, by modifying it to construct an improved product. In aesthetic design and industrial styling, real-scale wood or clay models are still essential tools for evaluating 3D objects; nevertheless a CAD model is eventually needed. Generating custom smooth surfaces for prosthesis fitting is ...