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Power Surfacing Reverse Engineering for SOLIDWORKS: Freeform Reverse Engineering
Power Surfacing RE 5.1 for SOLIDWORKS is an add-in reverse engineering (RE) product for SolidWorks 3D design software that significantly improves the process for reverse
engineering scanned meshes, other mesh data, and SolidWorks geometry within SolidWorks. Power Surfacing RE 5.1 for SOLIDWORKS has a unique set of tools to allow you to rebuild
shapes from a large variety of polygonal meshes. It can import meshes from: 3D scanners, Finite Element Modeling (FEM), 3D sculpting
programs, 3D printer files, other polygonal modeling tools, and online polygonal model databases. Power Surfacing RE 5.1 for SOLIDWORKS has the ability to constrain to and
reference underlying meshes to capture the original design shape. The Power Surfacing RE 5.1 for SOLIDWORKS tools enable you to quickly define a Power Surface shape over the top
of the referenced mesh. With the existing Power Surfacing tools you will be able to modify and evolve the design.
New in this version
The 5.0 release is a major upgrade for Power Surfacing RE. Version 5.0 automates much of the reverse engineering work flow, making Power
Surfacing RE a powerful, unmatched tool for reverse engineering scanned meshes, other meshes, or SolidWorks geometry. The 5.0 version also
includes many new general Power Surfacing tools (which are included in Power Surfacing RE). For details on the new Power Surfacing 5.0 features
see the Power Surfacing product page. Here is a list of some of the major Power Surfacing RE new 5.0 features.
Automated scanned mesh conversion
New automated conversion tools greatly simplify the process of converting scanned meshes into SolidWorks geometry.
New patent pending technology allows customers to reverse engineer scanned meshes and capture / convert the fine details of the
scanned mesh. Typically, capturing this high level of accuracy would create extremely large models (or even fail due to memory constraints).
But with patent pending Power Surfacing RE technology, even large, highly detailed scans can be reverse engineered into accurate,
editable SolidWorks geometry.
Follows curvature and mesh flow
Capturing the shape of a scanned mesh model is important, but it is also important to accurately follow the curvature and flow lines.
Otherwise, creases, ridges, gullies and other features will wash out when converted into NURBS format. Power Surfacing RE uniquely follows the
flow lines and features of the scanned mesh when converting it into NURBS / CAD geometry. The result is a super accurate, editable model,
optimized for usage in the CAD environment.
Curvature driven surface knot density
Power Surfacing RE is highly intelligent in handling large scanned meshes. It uses patent pending technology to capture fine details,
without bloating the model size. The result is an optimal, custom model based on the user's desired accuracy.
Power Surfacing RE can take SolidWorks "Topology Study" models and turn that data into usable SolidWorks solids geometry.
Semi-automated tools for finding and fixing anomolies
Even with the best scanners, the scanned meshes that are produced can have flaws and problems. Scanners may produce anomalies due to
inaccuracy or scanning visibility (tears, rips, holes, overlaps, etc.). Scanned objects might also have edges or surfaces that are worn or
damaged (the scanner may be accurate, but the objects themselves may be damaged); but users can restore those damaged edges / surfaces to their
original, intended form using Power Surfacing RE. Power Surfacing RE has automated tools to identify the problem areas in the scanned mesh, and
tools to fix those problems with a minimal amount of effort.