Comparision Reverse Engineering Solidworks, Catia, Geomagic Design and Rhino

Hello to all

We are searching a software tool for reverse engineering.
Through my research I found that solidworks (CAD used internally), Catia (CAD used internally), Geomagic Design and Rhino are software for reverse engineering.
Know I have the problem to compare them. What are the advantage and disadvantage for each of them. Are there limites for them, what are the main application of use. Can they be used for all designs? Are they used for surfaces or are they solid.

We want to use them to evaluate parts. These can be from easy 2.5 D parts to complex 3D parts. We also want to evaluate our tools. If there is an engineering change we want to actualize our 3D data.
We are having a GOM scanner.

I hope you can help me.
Thank you

Best regards

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I suggest using the software with which you feel more comfortable, in the end they all fulfill the same function, if you wait for points of view each user will tell you because the software he uses is the best, personally he could tell you SOLIDWORKS is the best, but another user will say CATIA, another INVENTOR, and so on, the reverse engineering really is in your knowledge, experience, studies, remember that before the design software there was already inverse engineering and it was with paper and pencil.

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Thanks for the answer. Yes your are right. The problema is that we are not using RE software yet. So I can not tell with which one we feel more comfortable. Therefore I need the opinión from other. I am aware that everybody is telling this or that is the best one. I hope they are critical enough that they are telling me the disadvantages too.

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Thanks for the information.
Does someone has experience with the RE feature of Catia?

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There are (Reverse Engineering) and (Re-Engineering).
- The first is to copy existing part and make doing what the original part is doing.
- The orther is to improve existing design.

Each can use different set, where all the above said software can do very well, it is finally depends on your engineering judgment to decide if the part is fit for your production facilities, cost, and required mechancial peoperties.

Normally you need good drafting software, a 3D measuring device (arm, laser, camera, etc.), skilled metalurgy person, and prodcustion workshop.

I used Autocad, 3D measuring device, experienced metalurgy engineer, a CNC workshop, and a lot of persistance and patience.

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I've used all three programs for various tasks.
SOLIDWORKS I have the most experience with. For me it is pretty intuitive to use, but it can take a lot of practice and effort to make curvy parts.
SW has some ability to import mesh and point cloud files, but I was not impressed with the capabilities of those tools.

Using RHINO was like waking up on another planet. I did tutorial after tutorial and the program never made sense to me. It works well for many people though. I have found that Rhino users often can't figure out SW, and SW users often don't relate to Rhino. I'd suggest trying the program out to see if it will help you.

Geomagics / 3D Systems Design X is the reverse engineering program I used with a laser scanning / inspection arm. It is handy software, but using it made me feel like I had stepped out of a time machine and was using a CAD program from 20 years ago.
The software is very handy for working with mesh and point cloud data. Being able to section a mesh model and extract a sketch profile was great.
If you know how to make CAD models, then I think you'll figure out Design X, but it takes a lot of getting used to. I highly suggest taking several days of training.

My workflow was to capture as much information as I could in Design X (planes, sketches, profiles, dimensions...etc.) then export those details to SOLIDWORKS for doing the actual CAD modeling.

Design X can do all the CAD modeling, but it was not worth it when I had SW on the same system. SW is much easier to use, and edit later.

All three programs will work with or create solid or mesh models.

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