The processes of reverse engineering and contract inspection have a number of useful applications that are increasing in their immensity. Reverse engineering has long been used by the military and involves a procedure which in which a 3D digital model of an existing physical object is created. This model can be used for replication purposes or quality control. With modern technological advancements, the number of practical applications for this technology has drastically increased.
Reverse engineering has become more commonly used in various industries within the past ten years. The analysis of a 3D replica of an object can be useful in a variety of industries. Once the scan of an object is completed, the 3D digital model can be used in 3D CAD, CAM, and CAE software programs.
The process of reverse engineering was once only thought to be useful in scientific and manufacturing purposes; however it has extended into many diverse realms. It is currently used in archeology and in the reproduction of sculptures. These reproductions can be scaled down as well.
This technology has also been relied upon in archeology and paleontology in order to recreate dinosaur fossils and various other culturally significant artifacts. Museums often put these reproduction artifacts on display so that nothing will happen to the original artifact.
The manufacturing industry relies heavily upon contract inspection to make sure that quality control and inspections are up to par. This process begins by the scanning of a physical object with 3D scanners or conventional touch probe measurement equipment. The purpose of this process is to find variations between the manufactured part and the original design of a specified object.
Contract inspection is an important part of the manufacturing process because it guarantees that products meet regulations and do not have any internal flaws. This dimensional inspection is a great way to make sure that products have been manufactured properly according to their original designs.
It is important for manufacturers to use this technology in order to make sure that problems can be found and addressed before an item is mass produced or placed on the market. This process is used to guarantee that consumers do not receive flawed products and to ensure that manufacturer’s meet specifies regulations.
As modern technology constantly evolves, so do the endless applications of reverse engineering. The equipment for reverse engineering and contract inspection has become much more affordable and portable so now more and more businesses are able to take advantage of these processes.
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* This is a sample lecture of my Vertebrate Paleontology course at Utah State University Uintah Basin Campus.
GEO 6350 Vertebrate Paleontology Lecture 15: Archosauromorphs