Reverse Engineering is the general process of analyzing an object in order to determine how it was designed or how it operates. Reverse Engineering is not confined to any particular purpose, but is often used as a part of a company’s research and development. The process of taking something apart and revealing the way in which it works is often an effective way to learn how to build a new product or make improvements to an existing product.
To reverse engineer, a researcher gathers data needed to document the specifications of a product or part by performing a product inspection. Reverse Engineering allows reearchers to understand both the form and structure of an object and any aspects causing it – or the product it is apart of – to malfunction.
When a product is engineered, the process begins with an idea that, working forward, becomes a product. When something is reverse engineered, the process begins with a product that, when examined, reveals ideas and other concepts used to create it. Reverse Engineering aims to duplicate the product in order to modify or enhance the original product design.
The Agency is currently involved in various reverse engineering projects in which a number of machines and processes are being developed after re-designing thereby developing requisite skills and technology in their manufacture and mass production.
Reverse Engineering is legal. it does not breach any of the copyright or patenting laws as reverse engineering aims to produce a product that is different (no matter how minute the difference may be) from the original.