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Visualization Applications for Manufacturing A State-of-the-Art Survey



Howard T. Moncarz


A state-of-the-art (SOTA) survey was performed for visualization software application (VAs) in the context of a rapid response manufacturing (RRM) environment. VAs are standalone, commercially-available products that have sophisticated capabilities for interactively visualizing data. The data includes geometry, image, and scientific date. VAs are integrated within RRM. In general, integration enables any RRM process to access data from other RRM processes in the product life cycle. However, having access to data isn''t necessarily useful if it is too overwhelming for a human to use. VAs offer the potential for users to cognitively integrate the data from multiple RRM processes to make sense of it and to intelligently use it. This SOTA describes the capabilities of VAs and methods for integrating them within RRM to ultimately enable the full potential of VAs to be realized.
NIST Interagency/Internal Report (NISTIR) - 5427
Report Number


manufacturing, rapid response manufacturing, RRM, visualization


Moncarz, H. (1994), Visualization Applications for Manufacturing A State-of-the-Art Survey, NIST Interagency/Internal Report (NISTIR), National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, MD, [online], (Accessed April 18, 2024)
Created July 1, 1994, Updated November 10, 2018