Towards real-time feedback on manufacturability for engineering designers directly from manufacturers

DS 87-5 Proceedings of the 21st International Conference on Engineering Design (ICED 17) Vol 5: Design for X, Design to X, Vancouver, Canada, 21-25.08.2017

Year: 2017
Editor: Anja Maier, Stanko Škec, Harrison Kim, Michael Kokkolaras, Josef Oehmen, Georges Fadel, Filippo Salustri, Mike Van der Loos
Author: Weißenbach, Paul; Gerhard, Detlef
Series: ICED
Institution: TU Wien, Austria
Section: Design for X, Design to X
Page(s): 151-158
ISBN: 978-1-904670-93-3
ISSN: 2220-4342


An approach to provide automatically generated feedback on manufacturability for engineering designers without breaking their flow of thought is presented. The origin of the feedback should be knowledge bases maintained by manufacturers. Therefore, the feedback provider is from the perspective of the engineering designer behind a network. This “remote design checks” introduces additional aspects regarding latency and intellectual property protection, which are incorporated into a proposed distributed software architecture. Feedback is provided directly in engineers authoring tools (CAD software). A proof of concept implementation was created. Architecture and proof of concept are evaluated and discussed on the basis of a use case based on aluminium extrusion.

Keywords: Digital / Digitised engineering value chains, Computational design methods, Virtual Engineering (VE), Remote design checks, Business models and considerations


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