Collaborative Product Design and Manufacturing Methodologies and Applications
During the past few decades, there have been major innovation and paradigm shifts in product development methodologies and strategies. The current R&D trend is towards the development of collaborative design and manufacturing systems. The research theme is in line with the growing demand for global cooperative design and outsourcing in product development to gain better competitive advantage. Using the collaborative systems, designers and manufacturers can participate in global design chains and collaborate with partners locally and overseas to pursue competitive advantages. Furthermore, collaborative systems allow designers to work closely with suppliers, manufacturing partners and customers across enterprises’ firewalls to obtain valuable inputs for their design and manufacturing activities. From the early 1990s, some major R&D works have been reported, including the CyberCut system by the University of California at Berkeley; the FIPER (Federated Intelligent Product EnviRonment) system (FIPER Project, www.fiperproject.com/fiperindex.htm) funded by NIST; the Web-DPR system by the Georgia Institute of Technology), etc. Commercial systems include SolidWorks eDrawing™, Autodesk Streamline™, Impactxoft IX Design™, Onespace™, SmarTeam™, PTC ProjectLink™ and Windchill™, UGS TeamCentre™, etc.
Introduction to a wide spectrum of collaborative engineering issues in design and manufacturingWritten by international experts from academia and industry, it reflects the most up-to-date R and D work and applications