Integrated computer aided design simulation and manufacture
Diko, Faek (1989) Integrated computer aided design simulation and manufacture. Master of Engineering thesis, Dublin City University.
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Computer Aided Design (CAD) and Computer Aided
Manufacture (CAM) have been investigated and developed
since twenty years as standalone systems. A large
number of very powerful but independent packages have
been developed for Computer Aided Design,Aanlysis and
Manufacture. However, in most cases these packages have
poor facility for communicating with other packages.
Recently attempts have been made to develop
integrated CAD/CAM systems and many software companies
are actively engaged in this field of engineering.
In the present work an integrated system for
Computer Aided Design, Analysis and Manufacture has been
developed incorporating AutoCAD Draughting package,
Finite Element Analysis software and NC machining
software. In this system, the draughting and NC
machining software are resident m a PC and the Finite
Element and Mesh Generation programs are resident m the
mainframe computer. Appropriate softwares have also been
developed for effective communication between different
packages of this integrated system. The difficulties
experienced in making the system work and the way these
facilities were solved are described in this thesis with
special reference to communication software.
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