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A Decision-based Framework for Exploring Assembly Configuration



Gerard Kim


In most engineering design processes, there are three major phases of design: functional, conceptual, and detailed design (Gui94). However, most current computer-aided design (CAD) systems are oriented toward support in detailed design (e.g. geometry manipulation) only. In optimizing product assemblies, designers need to consider alternative assembly configurations at preliminary design stages and switch back and forth between the symbolic and geometric design space. This paper presents an assembly modeling framework, called CAMF, that allows, 1) an ability to create and maintain evolving assembly designs, 2) mixture of top-down and bottom-up assembly modeling, and 3) incorporation of analysis/feedback at early design stages for further design refinement. CAMF stores design alternatives at several levels of abstraction defined by generic assembly design process. Using CAMF, designers can explore different design alternatives, employ manufacturing/assembly analysis methods a different stages of design, and achieve the goals of concurrent engineering more effectively.
Proceedings Title
Proceedings of the 95 Concurrent Engineering Conference


design alternatives, design exploration, design process


Kim, G. (1995), A Decision-based Framework for Exploring Assembly Configuration, Proceedings of the 95 Concurrent Engineering Conference (Accessed April 24, 2024)
Created April 1, 1995, Updated February 17, 2017