reverse engineering

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reverse engineering

n.
The analysis of a device or program to determine its function or structure, often with the intent of re-creating or modifying it.

reverse engineer v.
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The production of quality reverse engineered parts does require the full reinvention of engineering design and manufacturing process.
However, if the application requires a fully parametric model and supporting drawings, the reverse engineered model needs to be transferred to a CAD package.
For example, a legacy part may be scanned and reverse engineered for weight reductions, performance gains, material substitutions, design for manufacturability (DFM) improvements and better aesthetic appeal.
In recent years, Americans and Europeans have reverse engineered the reverse engineering process and developed powerful tools to further compress development cycles.
This process should ensure that the end product of the newly developed program looks somewhat different from the original program that was reverse engineered.
1) The likelihood that a company's applications would be reverse engineered