Skip to main content
U.S. flag

An official website of the United States government

Official websites use .gov
A .gov website belongs to an official government organization in the United States.

Secure .gov websites use HTTPS
A lock ( ) or https:// means you’ve safely connected to the .gov website. Share sensitive information only on official, secure websites.

A Feature-Based Machining System Using STEP

Published

Author(s)

Frederick M. Proctor, Thomas Kramer

Abstract

Discrete part manufacturing flows from a design phase in which product information is defined to a manufacturing phase in which the processes are planned and executed. Process planning typically culminates with the generation of numerical control (NC) programs for specific equipment, such as machining centers or turning centers. These NC programs are written in the dialects of the various equipment vendors, for the specific mechanical configuration of the target machine. As a result, porting programs between machines is difficult. Worse, NC information at run time limits any adaptive control that could direct the process so that final parts more closely conform to the original design.
Citation
SPIE series

Keywords

manufacturing features, numerical control, process planning, STEP

Citation

Proctor, F. and Kramer, T. (1998), A Feature-Based Machining System Using STEP, SPIE series, [online], https://tsapps.nist.gov/publication/get_pdf.cfm?pub_id=823356 (Accessed June 19, 2024)

Issues

If you have any questions about this publication or are having problems accessing it, please contact reflib@nist.gov.

Created November 29, 1998, Updated October 12, 2021