Journal of Intelligent Manufacturing

, Volume 20, Issue 4, pp 431-445

First online:

Dealing with feature interactions for prismatic parts in STEP-NC

  • Alireza MokhtarAffiliated withSharif University of Technology
  • , Xun XuAffiliated withDepartment of Mechanical Engineering, School of Engineering, The University of Auckland Email author 
  • , Iñigo LazcanoteguiAffiliated withRWTH, Aachen University

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Determining the precedence of machining features is a critical issue in feature-based process planning. It becomes more complex when geometric interaction occurs between machining features. STEP-NC, the extension of STEP (ISO 10303) standard developed for CNC controllers, is a feature-based data model. It represents all the geometric and topological product data minus feature interactions. In this paper, machining precedence of interactive and non-interactive STEP-NC features is discussed. Local and global precedence of machining features are defined on the basis of geometric constraints, such as geometric interaction of features and feature approach face and technological constraint such as access direction of the cutting tool. A software tool has been developed to visualize the STEP-NC part model and to generate the graphs of feature interaction and feature precedence. The output can be then used to augment the STEP-NC data in order to generate the optimal sequence of operations.


Feature interaction Feature precedence Process planning STEP-NC