An Internet-based intelligent design system for injection moulds

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-15
Journal / PublicationRobotics and Computer-Integrated Manufacturing
Volume24
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2008

Abstract

The rapid growth of Internet and information technologies in recent years provides a solution to support and facilitate collaborative product developments among different geographically distributed enterprises. An effective and feasible tool to aid the collaborative development of injection moulds can be realized by developing an Internet-based mould design system as one of the modules of a collaborative product development system. This paper presents a prototype Internet-based intelligent design system for injection moulds. The architecture of the system consists of an interactive KB mould design system embedded in an Internet environment. A Java-enabled solution together with artificial intelligence techniques is employed to develop such a networked interactive CAD system. In this system, the computational module, the knowledge base module and the graphic module for generating mould features are integrated within an interactive CAD-based framework. The knowledge base of the system would be accessed by mould designers through interactive programs so that their own intelligence and experience could also be incorporated with the total mould design. The approach adopted both speeds up the design process and facilitates design standardization which in turn increases the speed of mould manufacture. A practical case study is presented to illustrate the operations of the Internet-based mould design system. © 2006 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

Research Area(s)

  • Collaboration, Injection mould design, Internet, Knowledge-based expert systems