Design for Manufacturing and the Life Cycle
This paper describes “Design for Manufacturing and the Life-Cycle” and why such a research program is needed. The architecture of a design workstation that has the capability of performing concurrent design functions is described. The architecture of a larger system, a Manufacturing Commodity Exchange System, is also defined to illustrate the concept of unified life-cycle engineering. Various research thrusts into design technologies, manufacturing related applications, and information technologies are outlined. This topic is one of six topics that cover the Design program at the National Science Foundation. Comments are given on those NSF grants that fall into the area of design for manufacturing.
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