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Idiot's Guides: 3D Printing by Cameron Coward

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CHAPTER17

Practical Reverse Engineering

In This Chapter

  • Why you’ll want to learn reverse engineering
  • Measurement tools that are useful and affordable
  • Techniques for determining part dimensions
  • The two ways you can model a part

In the context of 3D printing, reverse engineering is the practice of duplicating the design of a part or assembly. It’s easy to see why this is a useful skill to learn for the 3D printing enthusiast. If you want to reproduce a part or interface with an existing part, you’ll need to know how to reverse engineer it.

Luckily, reverse engineering simple parts probably isn’t quite as difficult as you’re expecting. It’s a ...

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