During the Summer of 2013 in a conference organized by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) at Madison, Wisconsin, a panel of academic, industrial, and government researchers engaged in a spirited discussion on the issue of geometric interoperability for advanced manufacturing. It was set in the background of heightened anxiety in various western countries about the relative decline in their manufacturing activity and keen interest in reviving it through research and development. The Government of the United Kingdom, for example, has recently created several centers for innovative manufacturing. The U.S. Government has already set up a National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute, and is poised to set up several more such national institutes to spur manufacturing innovation. While the challenges these countries and their institutes face have several dimensions, the ASME panel focused on a particularly nagging technical problem of geometric interoperability that is plaguing the progress in many advanced manufacturing systems, tools and technologies.
Citation: Journal of Computer-Aided Design
Pub Type: Journals