Intelligent computer- aided design (ICAD) techniques for design automation

Balaji Bharadwaj, Utpal Roy

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Conventional Computer-Aided Design (CAD) systems have dramatically reduced the workload of the human designer and reduced the duration of the product design cycle. However, the magnitude of effort and volume of information required to use these tools limit their application in various product design activities. Intelligent Computer-Aided Design (ICAD) techniques have been sought to assist in the development of Integrated Product Design (IPD) systems, thus providing a more '‘complete’' design tool to assist the designer in all phases of the product design. In this chapter, the role of ICAD techniques in various types of product design and development activities will be examined. The viability and utility of applying ICAD techniques for design analysis, process planning, and tolerance assignment tasks within the framework of an IPD system environment are described and demonstrated through the implementation of various prototype design systems. The objective behind the implementation of the IPD system is an integrated approach, wherein all the primary components, such as the CAD tools, numerical analysis tools, data bases, knowledge bases, and expert systems, work cooperatively in order to perform various tasks associated with that design task. The techniques described in this chapter are relatively easy to implement, and are well suited to industrial needs.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationOperational Methods in Computer-Aided Design
Subtitle of host publicationComputer-Aided Design, Engineering, and Manufacturing: Systems Techniques and Applications
PublisherCRC Press
ISBN (Electronic)9781420049978
ISBN (Print)9780849309953
StatePublished - Jan 1 2000


  • Automated design system
  • Automated process planning
  • Integrated product design
  • Intelligent computer-aided design techniques

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Engineering
  • General Computer Science


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