Advances in CAD-CAM Integration
For many years now, customers have bought CAD/CAM systems with purchase based primarily upon individual applications functionality. More recently, the common technical purchasing criteria were extended to encompass inter-applications communication around a product data-base with a purely geometric representation of parts. The increasing force of international competition involves the simultaneous contribution of all engineering functions in order to minimize product development times and associated costs. With feature-based modellers, it is possible to use K.B.S. tools to automate long and tedious tasks along the production cycle. A geometrical codification widened to the process and to the execution times estsblishes the link between CAD, CAPP, CAM and production management.
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