A Unified Assembly Information Model for Design and Manufacturing

  • L. Qiao
  • F. Han
  • A. Bernard
Conference paper


An obstacle in current digital design and manufacturing applications is that the information is hardly shared and exchanged among application systems. From the perspective of supporting assembly information integration throughout product design and manufacturing, a unified assembly information model and its modeling scheme are proposed. The modeling scheme includes a top-down modeling approach, a three dimensional framework describing the characteristics of the model, the model definition given in Unified Modeling Language (UML) and a 3D information expression method. A prototype implementation with CATIA CAD system is introduced to illustrate the application of the model in assembly design, design for assembly (DFA) analysis, process planning, assembly simulation and inspection.


Unified assembly information model Top-down Three dimensional framework 



This work is partially supported by Beijing Municipal Education Commission (Build a Project). The authors would also like to thank the support from the Ministry of Higher Education and Research of France and the postgraduate innovation funding of Beihang University.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Systems EngineeringAdvanced Manufacturing Technology and Systems Research Center, Beihang UniversityBeijingChina
  2. 2.Ecole Centrale de Nantes, IRCCyN UMR CNRS 6597, 1, rue de la Noë, BP 92101Nantes Cedex 3France

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