This paper addresses the question of what geometric objects can be designed and manufactured with a CAD/CAM system and especially what geometric objects can be approximated by those produced with a CAD/CAM system. For a class of simple material removal processes (cut and discard finitely many times), the answer is that all closed convex subsets of the workpiece can be approximated, in a sense that is related to tolerances. Implications for cost functions and for incremental design and manufacture are discussed.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Pages (from-to)||MS99-179-1 - MS99-179-6|
|Journal||Technical Paper - Society of Manufacturing Engineers. MS|
|State||Published - Jan 1 1999|