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Variant Design for Mechanical Artifacts: A State-of-the-Art Survey



James E. Fowler


Variant design refers to the technique of adapting existing design^M specifications to satisfy new design goals and constraints. A survey of^M approaches supporting variant designs is presented. Capabilities used in^M current commercial computer aided design systems are discussed along with^M approaches used in recent research efforts. Information standards^M applicable to variant design are also identified. Barriers to variant design in current systems are identified and ideas are presented for augmentation of current systems to support variant design.
Engineering With Computers


analogical reasoning, case-based design, computer aided design, design knowledge, STEP


Fowler, J. (1996), Variant Design for Mechanical Artifacts: A State-of-the-Art Survey, Engineering With Computers, [online], (Accessed June 17, 2024)


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Created July 1, 1996, Updated February 17, 2017