Reverse Engineering (REV)

CATIA Reverse Engineering makes it possible to quickly capture and enhance physical prototype shapes, making the 3D virtual model the design reference. It also provides powerful technologies embedded within CATIA that allow the easy manipulation of clouds of points or meshes, while quickly transforming them into high-end 3D surface shapes.


  • The user can import almost all native measuring machines’ data. Data can be of different types, for example, meshes, grids, scans, and clouds of points. Imported data can be of different formats, for example, standard formats (IGES, free ASCII, STL, etc.) or formats from native measuring machine makers, such as GOM, HYSCAN, KREON, STEINBICHLER, etc. The user can preview, scale, trim, or change the measuring units of the imported data.
  • CATIA Reverse Engineering provides several robust strategies for the alignment of digitized data with other digitized data or in relation to CAD models. It also provides extensive and associative diagnosis commands such as: Deviation checking between digitized data, surfaces or curves Annotations and reporting on deviation checking Connect checker between surfaces allows the visualization of eventual deviations during the joining of several surfaces in passage, tangency and curvature Thanks to these alignment capabilities and diagnosis commands, CATIA Reverse Engineering covers control processes such as: Alignment Control between digitized data Deviation Control between a rebuilt CAD model and the master digitized model Control of an object as manufactured and the CAD mock-up as designed.
  • Thanks to several 2D and 3D computation methods, the user can create watertight meshes that can be: Used in the CATIA V6 DMU product, rendering, etc. Directly manufactured in CATIA V6 manufacturing product Exported in STL format for rapid prototyping machines CATIA Reverse Engineering also provides a set of smart and advanced edition tools to manage and improve clouds of points and meshes such as: Working on sub-areas Removing, cleaning, filtering, smoothing, hole filling and shape improvement Mesh segmentation in pertinent surface domains.
  • CATIA Reverse Engineering provides tools to create wireframe (scans/polylines or curves) and curve networks: Planar sections Interactive creation of free curves or curves on support Curve creation by smoothing scans/polylines Curve projection Curve network management Automatic characteristic lines detection.
  • CATIA Reverse Engineering provides a set of intuitive polygonal modeling and sculpting tools that work like clay modeling. It is particularly well suited to shape designs when surfacing becomes complex.
  • CATIA Reverse Engineering also covers the rapid prototyping process through surfaces and solid tessellation capabilities to get watertight meshes.


Contains the following CATIA modules

  • Digitized Shape Editor
  • Quick Surface Reconstruction
  • Shape Sculptor
  • STL Rapid Prototyping
  • Generative Shape Design 1
  • IGES Interface

Training options

  • Imagine and Shape, 1 days
  • CATIA PLM Express Fundamentals, 5 days
  • FreeStyle Shaper, Optimizer and Profiler, 1.5 days
  • Photo Studio, 0.5
  • Sketch Tracer, 0.5


  • MEK or IDK or MIK
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