Chapter 10: Applications

Title: Product Lifecycle Management in Education: Integration of Product Optimization with Manufacturability

Author(s): Mileta Tomovic

Address: Purdue University West Lafayette, IN, USA

Reference: International Conference on Product Lifecycle Management 2005 pp. 575 - 587

Abstract/Summary: As Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) software tools are becoming increasingly integrated, it is becoming feasible to use them in a design course in order to provide students with opportunity to experience all aspects of product design cycle, from concept design, product optimization, to manufacturability. In the past, teaching a comprehensive hands-on laboratory course on design optimization was virtually impossible because of the complexity of computer codes. However, standardization of commands and file storing formats resulted in seamless data transfer from one software package to another; thus, allowing integration of all facets of design optimization for product manufacturability in a single design course. This paper describes the experience with design optimization course focused on design of cast parts according to their functional requirements, while optimizing shape with respect to structural integrity, and making certain that the part can be successfully manufactured.

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