On September 7, 2021, Hexagon’s Manufacturing Intelligence division announced the North American debut of REcreate, a new reverse engineering software solution. It was featured at RAPID + TCT 2021, from Sept. 13-16, 2021 at McCormick Place, Chicago, IL. RAPID attendees got the first look at REcreate and its approach to creating 3D models in a design and production environment tailor made to create new product designs and repair or replace parts. At the show, visitors were be able to view REcreate working in a real world scenario in tandem with an Absolute Arm and AS1 scanning system to capture 3D part data.
The solution can also import mesh, solid, surface or point cloud data, with the aim of giving the user more design flexibility to start at any entry point in the reverse engineering process.
“We are excited to debut REcreate at RAPID + TCT this year. With decades of expertise in 3D scanning and data capture, our goal was to build a new reverse engineering software application focused on ease of use to handle dense point clouds from scanning devices, along with the ability to verify and design models in a single, robust CAD environment,” states Ken Woodbine, Senior Portfolio Manager – Metrology Software. “Interoperability was also at the top of our list. REcreate works with a wide range of third-party systems and data capture devices. The software program can be used as an end-to-end reverse engineering solution, or as a complement to existing technology. It is the modern answer to the ever evolving need to design and manufacture parts quickly and accurately.”
According to Hexagon, REcreate was built from the ground up to remove the complexity involved in building airtight models for additive or subtractive manufacturing. Original equipment manufacturers and design engineers can reconstruct legacy parts, and develop new innovative products from existing parts or hand built prototypes. REcreate is also a critical tool for ensuring a precision fit in a design envelope for new or aftermarket components. The software can import scan data to create CAD models for parts that had no affiliated CAD model, according to the company. REcreate users can also update CAD models to reflect changes that occurred in the manufacturing or prototyping process.