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ZEISS Reverse Engineering

From the real world into the virtual world - and back

Closing the gap between measuring systems and CAD programs with highly accurate and high-quality surface reconstruction, effective handling of point clouds, dedicated functions for automated tool correction, and full integration in measurement and digitization software. An easy-to-use interface featuring a very modern design allows for the rapid development of new products and efficient modification of existing parts.

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ZEISS Reverse Engineering

From a scan to a model

The software package can efficiently process point clouds and offers the necessary tools to obtain standard geometries and to calculate approximating freeform surfaces from the input point data. Universal interfaces enable the user to import unstructured point clouds in different formats and export the results to all CAD programs via neutral interfaces, like STEP and IGES.

High precision and high quality - the mathematical algorithms ensure a highly accurate surface reconstruction which has also been verified in an independent study by the Fraunhofer Institute and the WZL Machine Tool Lab at RWTH Aachen.

User friendly
The new user interaction concept has been developed with a strong focus on user-friendliness which makes this powerful software package extremely easy to learn. Users will recognize a software environment that requires little training and is very familiar. 

The tools for your reverse engineering tasks

Various, easy-to-use tools to interactively process all your point clouds in your session

  • Rectangle-, polygon- und lasso-selection (XoR-, add- und remove-mode)
  • Intuitive and efficient management of activated points
  • Easy deletion of outliers/noise from your scan

Reliable algorithms for the analysis and the automated postprocessing of the underlying point cloud

  • Curvature estimation to support the segmentation of the underlying point cloud
  • Feature extraction for the automated detection of standard geometry elements
  • Algorithms for the thinning, smoothing and clusteringof the given scan data

  • Highly accurate approximation of unstructured point clouds by means of NURBS-surfaces
  • Sophisticated tools and functionalities for postprocessing all generated geometries
  • Important tools for analyzing the quality of the calculated curves and surface

  • Easy creation of standard geometries using discrete 3D-point-information
  • Provision of important CAD-functionalities in order to completely reverse engineer complex parts:
    Intersecting / Connecting / Extending
  • Important functionalities to analyze the quality of the calculated elements


Our unique selling points

Highly accurate and high-quality surface reconstruction

Reverse engineer your scanned object using highly advanced algorithms and guarantee your customers a high-quality surface of your object that meets the highest demands on accuracy. 

Patented tool correction method in injection molding

The powerful software package ZEISS Reverse Engineering features a method for tool correction for which Carl Zeiss has been granted the patent for.
Optimize your master pattern tool in an effective, iterative correction process using sophisticated reverse engineering techniques. ZEISS Reverse Engineering provides the necessary functionalities to significantly reduce your time-consuming and costly iterations in your correction process for a faster start of your production.

Very modern graphical user interface

ZEISS Reverse Engineering is equipped with an easy-to-use and intuitive graphical user interface. The clear, slim and consistent overall layout of the software enables the user to easily get the maximum out of the software.


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