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A feature-based approach to the Computer-Aided Design of sculptured products

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posted on 2018-10-30, 11:52 authored by Sean R. Mitchell
Computer-Aided Design systems offer considerable potential for improving design process efficiency. To reduce the 'ease of use' barrier hindering full realisation of this potential amongst general mechanical engineering industries, many commercial systems are adopting a Feature-Based Design (FBD) metaphor. Typically the user is allowed to define and manipulate the design model using interface elements that introduce and control parametric geometry clusters, with engineering meaning, representing specific product features (such as threaded holes, slots, pockets and bosses). Sculptured products, such as golf club heads, shoe lasts, crockery and sanitary ware, are poorly supported by current FBD systems and previous research, because their complex shapes cannot be accurately defined using the geometrically primitive feature sets implemented. Where sculptured surface regions are allowed for, the system interface, data model and functionality are little different from that already provided in many commercial surface modelling systems, and so offer very little improvement in ease of use, quality or efficiency. This thesis presents research to propose and develop an FBD methodology and system suitable for sculptured products. [Continues.]


EPSRC. Delcam International Ltd. Dunlop Slazenger International Ltd.



  • Mechanical, Electrical and Manufacturing Engineering


© Séan R. Mitchell

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A Doctoral Thesis. Submitted in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the award of Doctor of Philosophy at Loughborough University.