Title: A methodology for integrating CAD and automatic inspection of standard manufactured features

Authors: Emad S. Abouel Nasr

Addresses: Fatimah Alnijris's Research Chair for Advanced Manufacturing Technology (FARCAMT), Industrial Engineering Department, College of Engineering, King Saud University, P.O. Box 800, Riyadh 11421, Saudi Arabia; Department of Mechanical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, Helwan University, Cairo, Egypt

Abstract: Computer Integrated Manufacturing (CIM) can be defined as the development of a fully automatic manufacturing system from which a complete product can be manufactured in the most efficient way. The proposed methodology focuses on an integrated system of Computer Aided Design (CAD) and Computer Aided Inspection (CAI). The integration of CAD and Computer Aided Inspection Planning (CAIP) is essential for modern industries. The proposed framework of the integrated system is composed of three main modules: Automatic Features Extraction Module, Automatic Inspection Planning Module and Coordinate Measuring Machine Module. The purposes of this paper are (a) to address the issue of integration of CAD and inspection planning in which the prismatic features of design with inspection are linked efficiently and (b) to generate and execute inspection plans through the incorporation of CAIP with CMM using DMIS code programming. Finally, a case study is presented to demonstrate and validate the integrated system.

Keywords: CAD; computer aided design; CAIP; computer aided inspection planning; CMMs; coordinate measuring machines; features; DMIS; computer integrated manufacturing; CIM; feature extraction; CAD-CAIP integration.

DOI: 10.1504/IJRAPIDM.2012.046575

International Journal of Rapid Manufacturing, 2012 Vol.3 No.1, pp.70 - 88

Available online: 25 Apr 2012 *

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