Development of a Feature-Based Rapid Design Environment

Utpal Roy, Daniel Panayil

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Computer-based realistic projects are required in all of our undergraduate design-related courses. Students are encouraged to design their individual projects (related to some real-life design and manufacturing problems) using state-of-the-art computer-aided design (CAD) tools. However, due to some inherent inflexibilities of current CAD tools, students cannot use them efficiently. It is now recognized that feature-based modeling holds the promise of developing requisite design tools for rapid and efficient design systems. This article discusses the feasibility of using a design-by-feature approach in the students' design projects. It reports the development of a library of macro, micro, and functional features for establishing a prototype, rapid design environment in SDRC's I-DEAS solid model-based design environment (using I-DEAS's programmability).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)41-60
Number of pages20
JournalComputer Applications in Engineering Education
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1997


  • Computer-aided design
  • Feature-based design
  • Rapid design system

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Computer Science
  • Education
  • General Engineering


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