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Concept of a design support system for form comparison

Qin, Y. and Balendra, R. (2001) Concept of a design support system for form comparison. Journal of Materials Processing Technology, 115 (2). pp. 245-255. ISSN 0924-0136

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Research into the influence of machine- and tool-elasticity on the accuracy of formed components requires that the component form is analysed using FEM and measured, perhaps on a co-ordinate measuring machine (CMM), for comparison with the specifications of the component; this comparison would enable the definition of form-errors of the component. A solid modelling strategy, which enables the assessment of manufacturing features of a component within the design cycle, is proposed for nett-shape manufacturing. The approach is supported by an error-evaluation methodology which enables the comparison of the model of the component and the form generated by FE simulation and form-measurement. The integration of the design and assessment is enhanced by the use of an integrated information model which is created by feature extraction and attribute manipulation of solid models.