A System to Aid Design by Planning Manufacturing Operations
Design for manufacture is a well-accepted concept, but there is little evidence that computer-aided design (CAD) systems are aimed at this specific objective. Instead, they tend to mimic each stage of the existing design to manufacture sequence, albeit with the important addition of effectively linking successive phases. The advent of computer solid modelling systems provides an opportunity for the simulation of manufacturing processes as an aid to design. The major potential advantage is the integration of manufacturing considerations with design, together with the provision of an engineering language for CAD and the capture of information for the subsequent stages of manufacture. This paper describes initial work pn such a system to simulate metal-cutting operations in the context of component design and process planning.
KeywordsProcess Planning Stock Material Engineering Drawing Process Planning System Numerical Control Programming
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