Date(s) - 06/27/2017
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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As DoD’s weapon systems age, obtaining repair parts can become increasingly challenging as commercial supply sources become scarce. DoD maintainers are often forced to either locally purchase or even manufacture supply parts. Advanced manufacturing technologies such as 3D printing and CAD machines have made producing non-stocked parts increasingly more viable. However, DoD often does not possess the design and manufacturing data required to produce the parts or source them commercially. Fortunately, a host of tools for scanning, inspecting and prototyping are available which have the capability to quickly and accurately create 3-D models of parts as input to CAD models. 3D scanning for reverse engineering creates 3D design CAD models directly from physical parts. Through the reverse engineering process, it is possible to not only extract a digital shape of physical objects with insufficient design documentation and create 3D CAD models, but to gather strength and materials data as well. The end to end reverse engineering process is complex, expensive and technically challenging. This forum will examine the reverse engineering process, its challenges, and the tools and processes being employed by maintenance activities to provide ready and safe weapon systems to their customers at optimum cost.
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