About the book
Reverse Engineering is certainly not a new domain. It is a largely accepted and well established practice in various scientific fields such as mechanical engineering, computer science, electrical engineering, chemical production, life sciences and many more. Despite this diversity, the reasons for the development and the evolution of reverse engineering methodologies are almost common in most application fields, e.g. the original design data and technical documentation of a product are either not updated, not accessible, do not exist anymore or have even never existed.
Focusing on the mechanical engineering domain, the subject of reverse engineering has traditionally been considered as the reconstruction of the geometrical shape and form of a physical object. However, in order to efficiently address a wide spectrum of demanding industrial applications, the current meaning of reverse engineering refers not only to the 3D-CAD model reconstruction but also to sophisticated product design processes that require experimental and numerical analyses and calculations.
In the fast-paced industrial environment of today, where technological advancement continuously craves for greater product efficiency, reliability and quality, reverse engineering methods and tools are now facing a much broader set of challenges. Primarily aiming at the capture of technological knowledge, the improvement and optimization of the original product than its mere duplication, reverse engineering is playing a key role in the era of the fourth industrial revolution.
This book aims to present tomorrow’s known and anticipated challenges in reverse engineering methodology and applications. It intends to illustrate the cutting-edge research and development in critical areas such as data capturing, processing and evaluation techniques along with the presentation of real world industrial and multidisciplinary applications of reverse engineering. The major objective of this project is to provide a useful reference tool for practitioners, designers, engineers and educators.