Reverse engineering of a plastic product

Design & Engineering

Plastic Part Design, 3D Printing

This product is the plastic enclosure of an RFID tracking chip. The existing product was shipped to us and our job was to recreate the shape using SolidWorks because the customer wanted to proceed with the manufacturing but had lost the native 3D files. The tricky part was that we did not have any sort of digital data about the shape, all we had was the product and the electronics that were supposed to fit in it and we had to make it fit the way the original one did and function the way it did. So, using vernier caliper we measured some of the important dimensions like the height, width and the thickness and went on with the design. After we had it, we sent it to the customer, he printed it and using iterative steps we went closer and closer to the original design until the customer was satisfied.