The engineering design process includes a set of activities arranged in a specific order with the clearly identified inputs and outputs. The objective of this process is to satisfy customer requirements and management objectives. This process is considered efficient when output of the process satisfies general customer and defined requirements, meets management objectives and customer deadlines, and all these with less costs and resources. This process is based on forward engineering life cycle.
Reverse engineering is the process of disassembly, measurement, analysis and documentation of all features of components associated with an existing product. The results of the RE process could be a CAD model, strength or weaknesses of the current design, new design specifications and other design related issues. Reverse engineering has been used widely in a variety of industries such as electronics, aerospace, medical and auto. Examples of why RE can be used are:
- Original manufacturer of a product no longer produces the same product
- Inadequate documentation of the original design
- Bad features of a product need to be improved.
- Competitive benchmarking
- The original CAD model is not sufficient to support design, etc.
Suitable topics include but are not limited to:
- Methodologies and techniques for RE
- Reverse engineering life cycle
- Geometric modelling and GD&T considerations
- Input methods and analysis: contact and non-contact
- Design optimisation and CAD/CAM/CAE
- Application of available technologies
- New technologies
- Additive manufacturing and RE
- Mass customisation and RE
- Medical applications and RE
- Case studies and other related topics
Full paper submission: 3 May, 2010
Notification of reviews: 15 June, 2010
Revised manuscript submission: 16 July, 2010
Notification of acceptance: 30 July, 2010
Final Paper Revision and submission to the editor: 30 August, 2010