Feature technology : an overview

2014-03-03T14:54:13Z (GMT) by Keith Case James Gao
The proper integration of the activities of computer-aided design (CAD) and computer-aided manufacture (CAM)is an objective that has become more urgent within the wider context of a total computer integrated manufacturing (CIM) environment. In seeking this integration it is recognized that the diversity of activities and consequent needs for data can best be served by a single representation for design, design analysis and manufacturing planning, and that a strong candidate for this descriptive role is a feature representation. This paper briefly overviews the primary methods of the use of features through feature recognition and design by features, particularly in the process planning application area.