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What are Feature Interactions?



William Regli, Mike Pratt


Manufacturing features and their interactions have become areas of research scrutiny in recent years. It is widely accepted that intelligent reasoning about interactions among features is a critical element in the development of systems for automated manufacturing. Conversely, however there has not emerged any general consensus as to what features are, how they are defined, and what it means when one says that features interact. This paper attempts to focus and refine what is meant by the term feature interaction and outline precisely how interactions can affect automated feature recognition and manufacturing planning. It is our belief that, by establishing a conceptual common ground with regard to these concepts, the research community ill be better able to asses how to effectively address the problems that they present.
Proceedings Title
Proceedings of the ASME Computers in Engineering Conference [American Society of Mechanical Engineers
Conference Location
Irvine, CA, USA


Feature Recognition, Feature-based Manufacturing, Manufacturing Integration, Process Planning


Regli, W. and Pratt, M. (1996), What are Feature Interactions?, Proceedings of the ASME Computers in Engineering Conference [American Society of Mechanical Engineers, Irvine, CA, USA, [online], (Accessed June 19, 2024)


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Created August 31, 1996, Updated October 12, 2021