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An agent-based approach to STEP-NC CAD/CAM

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posted on 2018-06-29, 10:54 authored by Richard D. Allen
The search for automatic manufacture of components has been and continues to be a major goal of researchers since NC machines appeared in 1952. The ability to generate a NC tool path is now commonplace from CAD/CAM systems, but the technology used to program NC machines is still based on the original standards. Today under the IMS project named STEP-NC in Europe and Asia, and Super Model in the USA, industrialists and academics are collaborating to deliver a new data model for CNC machines entitled the ISO 14649 standard, informally known as STEP-NC. The author believes that the STEP-NC standard will provide software vendors with the basis to achieve this goal of automatic CNC manufacture. [Continues.]


Loughborough University. Engineering and Physical Science Research Council (EPSRC).



  • Mechanical, Electrical and Manufacturing Engineering


© Richard David Allen

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


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