Direct Engineering: Toward Intelligent Manufacturing

  • Editors
  • Ali K. Kamrani
  • Peter R. Sferro

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Introduction: The Origin and Future of Direct Engineering

  3. Feature-Based and Constraint-Based Design

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 13-13
    2. Edward J. Bezdek, David C. Thompson, Kristin L. Wood, Richard H. Crawford
      Pages 15-69
    3. Yong-Sang Pae, Richard H. Crawford, Kristin L. Wood
      Pages 71-106
  4. Knowledge-Based Engineering and Design for Manufacture

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 129-129
    2. Venkat Allada, Adil Poyraz
      Pages 131-153
    3. John G. Cherng, Xinyu Shao, Zhenyi Zhao, Weiwen Chen, Yubao Chen
      Pages 155-191
    4. Ali K. Kamrani, John Handelman, Peter Sferro
      Pages 193-236
  5. Manufacturing Integration

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 237-237
    2. Mark Tocco
      Pages 239-258
    3. John M. Usher
      Pages 259-284
  6. Rapid Part Manufacturing

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 285-285
    2. Sean O’Reilly
      Pages 287-323
    3. Yung-Nien Yang, Geonwook Jeon, Herman R. Leep, Hamid R. Parsaei
      Pages 325-345
    4. Greg J. Burek, David J. Chesney
      Pages 347-371
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 373-374

About this book


Direct Engineering (DE) is the creation of a product development cycle into a single, unified process. The design process in most industries is an evolutionary one (i.e., incremental changes to some existing design). DE is a manufacturing process that seeks to improve the design processes by providing complete archival documentation of existing designs. It uses three-dimensional geometric models with integrated manufacturing information throughout the design process. DE reduces the design cycle, and the variety and number of engineering changes. This process decreases the design cycle time, increases productivity, and provides a higher quality product.
The required technologies and methodologies that will support the development of the DE environment are: (1) product representation using feature-based modeling; (2) knowledge-based applications that will support the entire product development cycle; (3) an engineering environment implemented around distributed computing and object-oriented systems; (4) direct manufacturing techniques using rapid prototyping.
Direct Engineering: Toward Intelligent Manufacturing addresses the following recent topics related to the development, implementation, and integration of the DE environment: (1) the current scope of the research in intelligent manufacturing; (2) the results of the technologies and tools developed for integrated product and process designs, and (3) examination of the methodologies and algorithms used for the implementation of direct engineering.


Manufacturing algorithms design process modeling product development rapid prototyping

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