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Integration aspects within a virtual prototyping environment

: Kress, H.

International Journal of Flexible Automation and Integrated Manufacturing : FAIM 4 (1996), No.1, pp.43-55
ISSN: 1064-6345
International Conference on Flexible Automation and Intelligent Manufacturing (FAIM) <5, 1995, Stuttgart>
Conference Paper
Fraunhofer IGD ()
Computer Aided Design (CAD); CSCW; STEP; virtual prototyping; virtual reality

The ability to rapidly prototype a proposed design is becoming a key contributor towards fulfilling the business requirements embodied in a short time-to-market, in cost-effective and high quality manufacturing, and in easy support and maintenance. Reorganizing the design and development process along the lines implied by the concept, Concurrent Engineering, means that advanced information technologies must be taken advantage of. However, most of taday's generic, commercial, off-the-shelf technologies have to be extended and adapted to the needs of the product development process. The integration of existing technologies in CAD modelling, design, analysis, simulation networked cooperation, and virtual reality leads to a distributed desktop-environment which provides the basis to take the greatest advantage of the Virtual Prototyping technique.