reverse engineer


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reverse engineer

To isolate the components of a completed system. When a chip is reverse engineered, all the individual circuits that make up the chip are identified. Source code can be reverse engineered into design models or specifications. Machine language can be reversed into assembly language (see disassembler). See obfuscator.
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Under reverse engineer environment the engineers, first have to identify the materials that are used for this part and characteristics medical device, then the part geometric form has to be accurately digitized, and the manufacturing process has to be verified.
In the 1970s, to reverse engineer application for high pressure turbine blade was a challenge due to the need to decode highly guarded industry proprietary information.
Third, if reverse engineering can be used out of necessity, engineers should be advised to reverse engineer only the portions of the original program needed to decipher the precise functional elements required for the new program.
Even if the functional and technical experts help the reverse engineers clean up the analysis products, the products do not include, for instance, the links to physical evidence provided in the traceability matrix and model management support described here as services offered by the framework.
Patent infringement is the single biggest concern when you reverse engineer with the intention of commercializing your knock-off.
TPI uses five CSPs to validate tools and parts, check CAD drawings, and reverse engineer prototypes.
The HighRES easy to use capabilities can reverse engineer physical parts direct into Autodesk Inventor eliminating IGES translation and inserts the digitized entities into the Native feature tree quickly and easily.