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PRODUCT DESIGN AND DIE MANUFACTURING IN PORCELAIN INDUSTRY USING COMPUTER INTEGRATED TECHNIQUES

Objective


Computer Aided Design packages have been extensively developed for mechanical, architectural and other mass consumption businesses. PRODUCT aims at those industries with a heavy artistic load, namely the porcelain industry, where major technical advances have not penetrated. The approach to this design is twofold in order to allow an efficient handling of the very complex surfaces used: base geometry (traditional CAD), and reliefs (with all details).

Major developments have been: relief generation systems (both from 2 and 3D), user interface for a comfortable integration of computer and artist, knowledge based systems to acquire experience that can not be formulated in an algorithmic way, a process simulation module where an approximate and fast analysis of the design is performed previous to machining, and lastly an optimised machining module for an efficient handling of a very complex problem.

This flexible manufacturing system has been implemented and thoroughly evaluated finding a tremendous increase in performance.
The prime objective of the project PRODUCT is the development of an advanced computer system for the automated product design and manufacturing of dies for advanced 3D forms in the porcelain industry.

Computer Aided Design packages have been extensively developed for mechanical, architectural and other mass consumption business PRODUCT aims at those industries with a heavy artistic load, namely the porcelain industry, where major technical advances have not penetrated. The approach to this design will be twofold in order to allow an efficient handling of the very complex surfaces used: base geometry (traditional CAD), and relieves (with all details).

Major developments will be: the 2D and 3D digitising systems for relief generation, user interface for a comfortable integration of computer and artist, Knowledge Based Systems integration to acquire experience that can not be formulated in an algorithmic way, a process simulation module where an approximate and fast analysis of the design will be performed previous to machining, prototyjping for final validation, and lastly an optimised machining module for an efficient handling of a very complex problem.

This flexible manufacturing system will be implemented and thoroughly evaluated for performance in a pilot installation.

Funding Scheme

CSC - Cost-sharing contracts

Coordinator

LLADRO SA
Address
Carretera De Alboraya S/n
46016 Tavernes Blanques
Spain

Participants (5)

DANISH TECHNOLOGICAL INSTITUTE
Denmark
Address
Gregersensvej P.o. Box 141
2630 Taastrup
DELCAM INTERNATIONAL PLC
United Kingdom
Address
Talbot Way Small Health Business Park
B10 0HJ Birmingham
FAMOSA SA
Spain
Address
San Antonio Nø8
03430 Onil (Alicante)
SCAN TECHNOLOGY
Denmark
Address
Harhoffs Alle 12A
4100 Ringsted
UPV
Spain
Address
Camino De Vera S/n
46022 Valencia