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Title: Design for manufacturability : a feature-based agent-driven approach
Author: Jacquel, Dominique
Awarding Body: University of Edinburgh
Current Institution: University of Edinburgh
Date of Award: 2000
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This thesis presents a feature-based design system called MADSfm (MultiAgent Design System for manufacturability), which allows the creation of 21/2D mechanical components, performs on the fly manufacturability analysis and even solves common problems automatically. The system uses the multiagent paradigm at a feature level to create a new type of active product model. Indeed, each feature inside the product model is embodied by an autonomous agent capable of communicating with its peers, building an image of its world, assessing its fitness in this world and modifying its own geometry to guarantee its manufacturability. The model therefore becomes a community of motivated pro-active agents able to carry out simple tasks on behalf on the user. The underlying activity inside the agent community representing the model leads to a global emergent behaviour in the system that ensures component manufacturability. In turn the emergent behaviour allows a reduction of the amount of global component knowledge needed to perform manufacturability analysis. Most activity can take place locally for each individual feature making the approach robust and a good candidate for parallelisation and distribution. The agent-driven approach to feature-based design and manufacturability analysis ensures robust manufacturable designs with a shorter lead time bringing substantial cost savings.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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