The Performance of a Mechanical Design 'Compiler'
MASSACHUSETTS INST OF TECH CAMBRIDGE ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE LAB
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Among our research goals is the development of mechanical design compilers that is, programs which take as input a schematic or other high- level description of a mechanical design, plus specifications and a cost function, and return a description of the optimal implementation of the design, sufficiently detailed to support manufacture. Such programs should decrease design time and cost, increase design quality, and allow designers to explore more alternatives in greater depth. We have chosen to work initially in the domain of mechanical and hydraulic power transmission systems built from cataloged components. For this domain we have substantially accomplished our goal this paper presents the evidence for that success, and discusses its limitations. After mentioning some related work, we provide a very brief over-view of the compiler, intended only to allow the reader to understand our performance evaluation. Artificial intelligence.
- Computer Programming and Software