“Reverse engineering and 3D printing has proven to be an essential part of our development workflow. We use the high-precision, demonstrable prototypes for much more than just form and fit. Quite often we rely on the prototypes to support customer engineering discussions. Projects move forward more quickly with better end results,” says Collins.
With today’s portable measurement solutions, a non-critical part can be reverse engineered, modeled, produced, inspected and installed with just three visits to the aircraft, all during routine maintenance stops:
- Scan the part to collect reverse engineering data;
- Perform a fit check using 3D printed prototype; and
- Install the new part.