Solid Modelling: A Teenaged Art — When Will It Mature?

  • M. J. Pratt
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The history of solid modelling now spans some fifteen years. Although progress was initially rapid, more recently the pace of development seems to have slowed except in the area of graphical rendering, where advances have been driven by the increasing availability of sophisticated graphics hardware. In fact the last five years has been a time of consolidation, as may be seen by a study of two state-of-the-art seminars (Carter [1979] Faux [l983) in which the capabilities of a range of solid modelling systems were examined. In the interval between these events few major changes have occurred in solid modelling. There are certainly more systems in evidence, but most of them are based on techniques which have been known for some time. Systems are, in general, more robust. A wider range of engineering applications is available, but we have not yet come close to realising the ultimate potential, which was recognised by the earliest workers in this area, for the true integration of engineering design and manufacture based on the use of a solid model as the product definition.


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  • M. J. Pratt
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  1. 1.Cranfield Institute of TechnologyUK

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