As both an author on the topic of reverse engineering and an accomplished
cook, I can honestly say that there are some instances where the sum of
the parts does not equal the whole. I cooking, the addition of heat does
things to the ingredients that makes the whole more than the sum of the
parts, it transforms the inputs in such a way that reverse engineering
does not make sense. ALthough both RE and cooking are arts, the alchemy
of the ingredients makes some things too diificult to duplicate, besides,
duplication of flaws is not a useful application of RE, that is better
off viewed as value engineering. Cooking and mass produced parts are
worlds apart, and therefore not subject to the rules of thumb which guide
much reverse engineering.
And as with cooking and kitchens, too many cooks spoil the broth. Just
use the tollhouse method of chocolate chip cookie making and your results
will be consistently repeatable and reliable.
On Thu, 23 Nov 1995, Dr. Weiyin Ma wrote:
> > From: IN%"email@example.com" 22-NOV-1995 00:36
> > Subj: RE: Monday morning wake up call!
> > >I thought that he might take a cookie home and try some reverse engineering &
> > >rapid protoyping in order to save himself some dough.
> > >
> > No pun intended, right?
> Several previous messages discussed the reverse engineering and
> rapid prototyping of a cookie. How about the following:
> Though the process can be used for truly reverse engineering
> applications, Reverse Engineering has also been used by many engineers
> and researchers, including some of us on this mailing list, to describe
> the following ***creative*** geometric design activities:
> - a stylist makes a clay or wooden mockup of a new product
> (for conceptual and aesthetic design of the geometrical shape),
> - the geometrical shape of the mockup is digitized, scanned or optically
> captured as a large number of 3D coordinates, and
> - a CAD surface model or solid model is then constructed or identified
> from the 3D coordinates for further design and tooling.
> Should the above activities be called "Reverse Engineering"?
> Maybe "Reverse Engineering" is not the right term
> for these (or even part of the) activities.
> Best regards,
> Weiyin Ma
> Dr. Weiyin Ma
> City University of Hong Kong
> Department of Manufacturing Engineering
> 83 Tat Chee Avenue, Kowloon
> Hong Kong
> Tel: (852) 2788 9548
> Fax: (852) 2788 8423
> E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
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