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A SHEET METAL DESIGN ADVISOR: DESIGN RULES AND INTER-FEATURE DESIGN CHECKING

by HEGDE, SHASHIKIRAN RAGHUPATI

Abstract (Summary)
Sheet metal part design relies heavily on manufacturing experience, which is not very easily available to the designer. The manufacturing experience has to be documented and incorporated in the design process. This would eliminate frequent redesign of parts, after being assessed as infeasible or costly for manufacture in the design stage. Such a DFM analysis would reduce product time to market and reduce overall product costs. The present work aims at compiling a comprehensive set of design rules for sheet metal part design and a methodology for implementing inter-feature design rule checking for reducing infeasible designs, costs and production cycle times. The inter-feature module is part of a Design Advisory and Feature Extraction system that aims at checking the CAD model for various design rules. These rules are incorporated here and implemented for SolidWorks 2000, which has a separate sheet metal modeling module. The implementation has been done in Visual Basic using the OLE Interface provided by SolidWorks API.
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School:University of Cincinnati

School Location:USA - Ohio

Source Type:Master's Thesis

Keywords:sheet metal design rules feature extraction advisor for manufacturing

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Date of Publication:01/01/2003

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