Integration of commercial CAD/CAM system with custom CAPP using Orbix middleware and CORBA standard

Fernando Rangel, Jami J. Shah

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Abstract

This paper discusses the issues of integrating the Computer-Aided Design (CAD) and Computer-Aided Manufacturing (CAM) programs in commercial software. Integration was achieved through implementation of a computer-aided process planning (CAPP) system within the commercial software. The part model was imported into, or designed in, the commercial CAD system. Manufacturing information was then extracted from the part model by the CAPP system using commercial Application Programming Interfacing (API) methods. The CAPP system then uses the extracted information to produce a process plan consistent with the requirements of the commercial CAM module to produce Numerical Control (NC) code. The internal integration was accomplished using commercial API methods that dynamically bind the CAD, CAPP, and CAM into a single continuous application. These APIs are implemented using the Orbix middleware following the CORBA standard. A case study demonstrating the integration is presented. Strengths and weaknesses of integrating the CAD and CAM domains using APIs and middleware are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationASME 2002 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference, IDETC/CIE2002
Pages299-310
Number of pages12
StatePublished - Dec 1 2002
EventASME 2002 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference, IDETC/CIE2002 - Montreal, QC, Canada
Duration: Sep 29 2002Oct 2 2002

Publication series

NameASME 2002 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference, IDETC/CIE2002
Volume2

Conference

ConferenceASME 2002 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference, IDETC/CIE2002
CountryCanada
CityMontreal, QC
Period9/29/0210/2/02

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Information Systems
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Computer Graphics and Computer-Aided Design
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Modeling and Simulation

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    Rangel, F., & Shah, J. J. (2002). Integration of commercial CAD/CAM system with custom CAPP using Orbix middleware and CORBA standard. In ASME 2002 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference, IDETC/CIE2002 (pp. 299-310). (ASME 2002 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference, IDETC/CIE2002; Vol. 2).