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Reverse Engineering Process

$ 2,600.00


27 May


On Campus (Sydney)


8 wks


Avg 6 hrs/wk

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Lead Academics

Dr Stefan Lie

Dr Stefan Lie
Associate Professor in Product Design

Stefan is a product designer and design academic specialising in product interaction, material ecologies, and sustainable design. His research focuses on the relationship between humans and materials, exploring how object form, surface, and texture impact cultures of overconsumption and waste. At UTS, he co-directs the Material Ecologies Design Lab, exploring new design processes for regenerative systems.

Stefan collaborates extensively with industry partners, reimagining post-industrial waste as new products and materials. As a former furniture designer, his iconic creations include the Ribs Bench and Origami Slippers. Stefan teaches undergraduate and postgraduate design courses, challenging students to think critically about sustainable materials and disrupting design conventions for a more sustainable future.

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Iain Finlay

Iain Finlay
Facilitator and Casual Academic in Product Design

Iain is an industrial designer and university educator who has contributed to, and acquired expertise from a vast array of industries. He has an eye for detail and a passion for ethical, egalitarian, fit-for-purpose design, and design with integrity.

Since his graduation from UTS with a Bachelor of Design, Industrial Design (First Class Honours) in 2011, Iain has designed consumer headphones, musician IEMs, outdoor accessories, point-of-purchase props, business furniture, and medical therapy equipment. He holds numerous patents for headphones, IEMs, and medical equipment.

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Refine your data collection and manipulation techniques to drive design innovation. Hone your skills in component setup for reverse engineering and conversion of data into usable models. Verify the precision of your work for machining, 3D printing and quality assurance purposes. This training is essential for design and manufacturing professionals seeking to optimise their efficiency and precision.

About this microcredential

Part of reverse engineering proficiency comes from being able to skillfully replicate product components for reliable mechanical function and assembly interaction. In this microcredential, you will be guided through practical understanding of these needs, without having access to original design documentation.

Additionally, you can gain the expertise to evaluate and validate the accuracy of reverse engineered models against original objects, ensuring precision and reliability in your work.

Key benefits of this microcredential

This microcredential has been designed to equip you with:

  • An understanding of how to set up items for reverse engineering using manual methods
  • Developed skills for critiquing the mechanical importance of component features and accurately reproducing them in digital form
  • Acquired skills applicable to various industries such as machining, 3D printing and quality assurance
  • Mastery of the evaluation and validation of reverse engineered models against original objects.

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A digital badge and certificate will be awarded upon successful completion of the relevant assessment requirements and attainment of learning outcomes of the microcredential.  

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Who should do this microcredential?

This microcredential is suitable for, but not limited to:

  • Engineering professionals
  • Product designers and developers
  • Quality assurance specialists
  • CAD technician and 3D modellers
  • Manufacturing industry technicians
  • Innovation and R&D teams
  • Hobbyists and makers.  


Full price: $2,600 (GST-free)*

*Price subject to change. Please check price at time of purchase.

Enrolment conditions

Course purchase is subject to UTS Open Terms and Conditions. 

COVID-19 response 

UTS complies with latest Government health advice. Delivery of all courses complies with the UTS response to COVID-19.

Additional course information

Course outline

This course is structured into four modules. Each module includes self-study materials and facilitated live sessions. The following content will be covered during the course:

  • Module 1 – Overview of Reverse Engineering Processes
    Understanding of how data is analysed, collected, processed, and manipulated for various end uses.
  • Module 2 - Feature Selection and Data Collection for Reverse Engineering
    Differentiate between critical and non-critical mechanical features, and collecting appropriate data for digital part reproduction.
  • Module 3 – CAD Construction and Refinement of Parts for Reverse Engineering
    Digitally constructing parts from manually measured data, and preparing CAD files for 3D printing.
  • Module 4 – Evaluation and Validation of Reverse Engineered Models
    Evaluate accuracy of parts and learn techniques for validating parts for modification in reverse engineering.

Participants will work with a dedicated course facilitator who will support learning and engagement online, as well as in-person. Teaching resources have been designed by a lead academic and a team of experts from the Faculty of Design, Architecture and Building.  

This eight-week course includes self-paced online learning as well as on-campus workshops held in weeks 1, 4 and 7.

Course learning objectives

By the completion of this microcredential, you should be able to:

  • Collect critical component data and prepare it for digital manufacturing methods
  • Demonstrate how to set up components for reverse engineering with manual methods
  • Demonstrate working proficiency in the analysis and interpretation of data from 3D scans obtained from physical components.  


Participants are required to complete all assessment task components satisfactorily in order to pass the course. The final grade for this course will be based on the task outlined below.

Task: Reverse engineering project

This task aims to assess your ability to collect, evaluate, and utilise 3D CAD data of a product or product component. The independent task is split into three parts which will be completed throughout the course in the following order:

  • Product selection, critical feature identification, and data analysis planning.
  • Data collection and CAD model generation.
  • 3D printing, verification and validation, process reflection.  



To complete this course, you will need a personal computer with adequate internet access and an operating system with a web browser compatible with Canvas.

Closed footwear and long pants are required for the lab workshop.  


Participants should have a working knowledge of Computer Aided Design (CAD) and ideally have existing access to CAD software of their choice.  

Contact us

  • For any questions about enrolment or payment, please contact UTS Open Support at 
  • For any questions about course content, delivery, or progression, please contact the Enterprise Learnnig team at

Book a session

Mon 27 May 2024-
Sun 21 Jul 2024
Expert: Dr Stefan Lie, Iain Finlay
  • UTS – Venue TBC
  • On Campus (Sydney)
  • 3 sessions, 6 hours total

Enrolments close Sunday, 26 May 2024 at 11.59pm (AEST) or when all places have been filled, whichever occurs first. This eight-week course includes self-paced online learning as well as on-campus workshops held in weeks 1, 4 and 7.


Acknowledgement of Country

UTS acknowledges the Gadigal people of the Eora Nation, the Boorooberongal people of the Dharug Nation, the Bidiagal people and the Gamaygal people, upon whose ancestral lands our university stands. We would also like to pay respect to the Elders both past and present, acknowledging them as the traditional custodians of knowledge for these lands.