Use PolyWorks|Modeler™ and PolyWorks|Inspector™ Together for Reverse Engineering


When working in PolyWorks|Modeler™, you can leverage many tools in PolyWorks|Inspector™ to perform a larger variety of reverse-engineering tasks more efficiently. For example, you use PolyWorks|Inspector to scan parts, but you can also probe features and use the results to construct coordinate systems for alignment purposes. Or, if you are creating a NURBS model, you can measure the deviation of its surface from that of the original polygonal model for validation purposes using PolyWorks|Inspector’s advanced color maps. To support such workflows, PolyWorks offers a simple and efficient object transfer mechanism that links the concerned projects. While the first object transfer results in the creation of a new, linked receiving project, all subsequent object transfers are automatically made to the linked project, making the transfer operation a natural part of your workflow!

In just 15 minutes, learn how to enhance your reverse-engineering skills by combining both PolyWorks|Modeler and PolyWorks|Inspector to:

  • Orient and locate the polygonal model by building a coordinate system.
  • Clean or punch hole contours using features probed or extracted in PolyWorks|Inspector.
  • Fill large holes with elaborate shapes perfectly using triangles from a similar area that are best-fit to the area around the hole.
  • Easily adjust and use symmetry planes for polygonal editing or NURBS patch fitting.
  • Measure deviations between original scanned surfaces and the final model surfaces.


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