WIZARD: A Feature-Based Integrated Design Tool

Period of Performance: 08/12/1993 - 02/11/1994

$497K

Phase 2 SBIR

Recipient Firm

Wizdom Systems, Inc.
1300 Iroquois Avenue, Suite 140
Naperville, IL 60563
Principal Investigator

Research Topics

Abstract

Feature technology has been widely recognized as a key element to bridge the integration gaps between CAD, CAPP, and CAM. This proposal suggests to develop Wizard, a prototype features-based integrated design tool for mechanical design. WIZARD is an openly configured design tool and hardware-independent application. It provides a complete product representation based on an object-oriented approach. It combines both design with feature and feature recognition/extraction methodologies. It provides the possibility to integrate design and manufacturability assessment, assembly feasibility analysis in design process to optimize the design. It also facilitates the quick transfer of research results to industrial applications. Phase II research will specify both the software and hardware requirements for the implementation of WIZARD, define a complete data object model for the representation of a product, design the communication protocols between the system and distributed data base system, develop both design with feature sub-system and feature recognition/extraction sub-system, and provide utilities which allow a designer to configure the system and plug his/her applications into the system. ANTICIPATED BENEFITS: WIZARD will allow designer to generate new products with better quality and lower cost. It provides a better modeling capability and captures design intent. The common data structure will facilitate information sharing and standardization. The feature information available at design stage can be easily communicated with downstream manufacturing-related activities. There will be wide potential for WIZARD as a small business innovator.