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A CAD Template Approach to Support Web-Based Customer Centric Product Design

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Zahed Siddique

School of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering,  University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK 73019zsiddique@ou.edu

Karunakar Boddu

School of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering,  University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK 73019

J. Comput. Inf. Sci. Eng 5(4), 381-387 (Jan 21, 2005) (7 pages) doi:10.1115/1.1881332 History: Received February 27, 2004; Revised January 21, 2005

In order to provide products that can be tailored to the need of the customer, it is necessary to integrate the customer into the design process. In this paper we present a mass customization computer-aided design (CAD) framework that helps to integrate the customer into the design of user-configurable products. A template approach, which considers both modularity and scaling, is utilized to concisely represent a CAD model of the entire family. The system accepts user selections and parameters to automatically create a CAD model of the customized product in real time and then shows the model to the user. The system is implemented using PRO/ENGINEER and demonstrated through customization of bicycle frames.

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Product family hierarchical and assembly relationships

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Role of the coordinator in the overall process

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System architecture to support generation of CAD models from customer-specified configuration and parameters

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Various bicycles that are available normally in the present market (adapted from www.cannondale.com)

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Bicycle frame platform components

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Generated VRML models of bicycle frames with different configurations and sizes specified by customer

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Parameter values for straight top men’s and women’s bicycle (adapted from www.cannondale.com)

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VRML model of men’s bicycle frame with curved top tube for size specified by customer

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