The New Evolution of Reverse Engineering
NIU EIGERlab's Center for Product Development (C4PD) is happy to announce that we are now able to reverse engineer a part and produce a fully functional 3D CAD model with a complete feature tree. Reverse Engineering has been around forever. Manually redrawing the part, optical & laser scanning and rapid prototyping are technologies that have been used to reverse engineer parts. Currently, all parts are designed in 3D using Computer Aided Design (CAD) software. This disconnect has been a major problem. Up until this year, reverse engineering a part and producing a usable 3D CAD model has only been a dream.
NIU EIGERlab is now able to convert existing parts, art work or heritage restoration items into fully functional 3D CAD models. In partnership with Superior Joining Technologies, Inc. (SJTI); we can now laser scan parts into 3D models and use various software packages to produce fully functional 3D CAD models.
Reliable Machine Co. came to the C4PD to reverse engineer a part for their client, Batesville Caskets. The client did not have drawings of the parts; however, they did have actual parts. As an example, we were able to scan the parts and convert the scanned images it to fully functional 3D CAD models with a feature tree. This allowed Reliable Machine to use the CAD model to design a new die so they could make new parts for their client.
The two photos show the difference of what the industry previously used, which is a scanned image (first photo) and what the C4PD is now able to provide (second photo), a fully functional 3D CAD model with a feature tree. The scanned image (left) is a dumb surface model. This type of file cannot be modified but it can be printed or manufactured. On the left side of this photo it shows the feature tree with the imported surfaces that the engineer is not able to modify. The CAD model (right photo) shows the feature tree on the left with surfaces, fillets, radiuses, diameters, etc., that an engineer can modify; as if he/she had drawn the entire model themselves. This type of file allows an engineer to make design improvements and print or manufacture the part.
NIU EIGERlab continues to be innovative and on top of the latest technologies to help local businesses and individuals stay ahead of their competition.
September 28th CNA Plant Tour
FMA is hosting a free CNA plant tour at Superior Joining Technologies, Inc. from 8:00am-2:30pm featuring popular FMA Economic Strategist, Dr. Chris Kuehl. Other speakers will focus on laser technologies with tours given of Hennig and Superior Joining Technologies State-of-the-Art 54,000 sq. foot facility.
October 6th Open House
October 11th Manufacturing Day Tour
and Edge Factor
In celebration of Manufacturing Day 2016, manufacturers throughout the region will open their doors from 9:00am - 1:15pm to more than 500 students, parents, educators, civic leaders, business people and anyone curious to learn more about modern manufacturing. After touring various manufacturing facilities, students will join together each lunch and watch a presentation from the Edge Factor's own Jeremy Bout! This will be the largest manufacturing event of the year and you won't want to miss it!
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Edge Factor Show
Superior Joining Technologies and Edge Factor Present: The Edge Factor Show Edge Factor is proud to announce that The Edge Factor Show is now airing throughout the Rockford DMA on WTVO Channel 17 (ABC) Sundays at 9AM CT, WQRF FOX 39 Fridays at 11PM CT and Rockford's My Network TV Mondays at 6:30PM CT. This is a 52-week commitment, with episodes from seasons one and two. The Edge Factor Show tells stories of innovative manufacturing teams working together to design and build incredible products. In each episode, Host Jeremy Bout meets the people who are using cutting edge technology to redefine what is possible, change lives and build our world. With a special focus on careers and technology, viewers will get an inside look at what happens behind closed doors in manufacturing shops across North America. Special thanks to Superior Joining Technologies, Mastercam, Sandvik Coromant, the Gene Haas Foundation and many other partners for helping to make this series possible.Click Here for more!
SJTI has Moved!!
Superior Joining Technologies has moved to 1260 Turret Drive, Machesney Park, IL 61115!
This 54,000 sq ft facility now gives us plenty of room to grow allowing us to add state-of-the-art processes to our already untouched methods of precision welding.
(January 1st 2016)