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Computer integrated modelling and manufacture

A reference model as a general approach for deriving specific software development strategies has been constructed. A flexible, adaptable architecture has been used, open for the integration of future software components. The integrated product model contains all information about the product and its production processes.

The main functional improvements have been to combine solid and surface techniques for all planning stages to offer practice oriented unfolding techniques for 3-dimensional models and to combine generic and knowledge based process planning to offer full automated numerical control (NC) part programming.

By simulation and evaluation, the capabilities of machining have been used to optimize the product. Know how gained is made available as feedback information by knowledge based modules cooperating with the product and production process model. The economic objectives are to become more competitive on time and to cut costs by increasing quality and productivity.

Results have been demonstrated in the application areas of sheet metal parts manufacturing for aircraft spares and complex shape parts manufacturing for ship propellers.

Each action, whether performed by man or machine, is a combination of objects and information. Which items of information and how many of them are needed depends on the smoothness with which this communication process takes place. Information should not have to be requested or searched for, but should active and make itself available. This has been achieved by integration on the application level. The use of features supports integration on a semantical level. This facilitates communication between business activities.

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