Computer Aided Process Planning (CAPP): The User Interface for the Fabrication Module of the Rapid Design System
AIR FORCE INST OF TECH WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH
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The Rapid Design System RDS is a feature based design, fabrication, and inspection system. Research and development of the RDS has been sponsored by the United States Air Force. The Fabrication Planning FP Module of the RDS is being developed by the University of Dayton. The FP module automatically creates a process plan for machining a metal part. The research addressed herein deals with the User Interface for the review and modification of a process plan. The Fabrication Planning Module automatically creates a plan using information from the Feature Based Design Environment FBDE of the RDS. It integrates this information with the information received from a programdatabase called MetCAPPTm. The process plan is created in a series of steps feature translation, feature sequencing, setup generation, and operations generation. The purpose of the Planning Window and User Interface is to give a designer, machinists, or process planner the ability to automatically generate and manipulate a complete process plan.
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