How to create geometry in Artec Studio to reverse engineer mechanical parts

Article by TriMech Solutions, LLC updated July 25, 2022


In this video, I’m going to show you how to construct scanned geometry in Artec Studio so you can easily reverse engineer mechanical parts. For this example, I’m using a cast rotor baseplate. Let’s look at how it is done.

Starting from Sharp Fusion, navigate to the Construct tab. The first thing I’m going to do is extract a cylinder for the main axis of the rotor. I can use my 2D selection tool, but I’m going to quickly paint two areas around here.

Paint area in Artec Studio

Paint area in Artec Studio to create a plane

I’m going to use the Expanding fitting method and click the fit cylinder button. Next, let’s do a plane for the left side attachment point and the right-hand side as well using the same method.

creating a plane for the left side attachment

Creating a plane for the left side attachment

We also need to do a plane for the top. Now, since the top is a little narrower, I am going to use the robust fitting mode to give myself a little bit more room, if I make an improper selection. Any time I clear outside the lines, the Robust Fitting method will do a good job of correcting it.

Finally, I can hide the mesh and export these CAD objects and save them as a STEP file. In just a few easy steps, Artec Studio allows me to create scanned geometry that can be used for reverse engineering our mechanical parts.

hide mesh and export

Hide the mesh and export the CAD objects

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