A CONCEPT FOR A STRUCTURED DESCRIPTION OF PROFILE-STRUCTURES OF BRANCHED SHEET METAL PROFILES AS BASIS FOR AN AUTOMATED DESIGN PROCESS
The product development process is shaped by manual actions and decisions. A concept for a structured description of profile-structures (assemblies of branched sheet metal profiles) is needed as basis to automate the design process. The high object complexity requires a three-step approach (topology, geometry, technology). Structural as well as cross-sectional properties have to be set in each step. The topological, geometrical and technological properties are strongly linked. This is a great challenge and the reason why iterative loops have to be integrated in an automated design process.