Product Model Exchange Using STEP


PRODEX - 6040

Keywords CAD, product data exchange, neutral data formats/representations, product modelling, STEP standard, holography, virtual reality


Start Date: 27-JUL-92 / Duration: 36 months

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Objectives

The objective of PRODEX is to demonstrate the exchange of mechanical design data between heterogeneous systems in the areas of conceptual and detail design, finite element analysis, product visualisation using holographic images, and robotics simulation using virtual reality techniques. The project will include the exchange of solid model geometry with related product information such as material, surface finish, product appearance, kinematic and analysis data.

The objective will be achieved by using the emerging Standard for the Exchange of Product Model Data (STEP). The project aims to fill out the specifications needed for a Mechanical Design Application Protocol for STEP, and to specify access interfaces which facilitate the close integration of applications in the design to manufacture process.

Work will include:

Advanced technologies will be used throughout to produce portable software.

Pilot demonstrations are planned based on implementations by CAD and finite element system vendors and also by robot simulation system developers. These implementations will be evaluated in a user environment. The results of the project will be exploited by vendor consortium members to develop STEP pre-and post processors; systems integrator members will use the conversion tools developed to apply the results in other areas.


CONTACT POINT

Mr Matthias Wapler
Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft IPA
Nobelstrasse 12
D-70569 Stuttgart
tel: + 49 / 711 970 1307
fax: + 49 / 711 970 1105

Participants

FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT IPA - D - C
IAD LTD - UK - P
CIMIO - UK - P
CISIGRAPH - F - P
GFS - D - P
ITALCAD TECNOLOGIE E SISTEMI SPA - I - P
SENTER FOR INDUSTRIFORSKNING - N - P
HEWLETT-PACKARD GMBH - D - P
CETIM-ETABLISSEMENT DE SENLIS - F - P
FRAMASOFT+CSI - F - P
EPM CONSULTANTS A/S - N - P


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PRODEX - 6040, December 1993


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