Features and Design Intent in Engineering Sketches

  • Raquel Plumed
  • Peter Varley
  • Pedro Company
Part of the Studies in Computational Intelligence book series (SCI, volume 441)


We investigate the problem of determining design intent from engineering sketches: what did the designer have in mind when sketching a component? Specifically, we consider the unidirectional reverse mapping from form features, as determined from an input sketch, to design features, representing the design intent present in the designer’s mind. We introduce a list of common engineering form features. For each, we list which geometrical cues may be helpful in identifying these features in design sketches, and we list the design features which such form features commonly imply. We show that a reductionist approach which decomposes a diagram into form features can be used to deduce the design intent of the object portrayed in a drawing. We supply experimental results in support of this idea.


Base Plate Form Feature Feature Recognition Design Intent Bottom Face 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Mechanical Engineering and ConstructionUniversitat Jaume ICastellón de la PlanaSpain
  2. 2.Institute of New Imaging TechnologiesUniversitat Jaume ICastellón de la PlanaSpain

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