Abstract

While automated recognition of features has been attempted for a wide range of applications, no single existing approach possesses the functionality required to perform manufacturability analysis. In this paper, we present a methodology for taking a CAD model of a part and extracting a set of machinable features that contains the complete set of alternative interpretations of the part as collections of MRSEVs (Material Removal Shape Element Volumes, a STEP-based library of machining features). The approach handles a variety of features including those describing holes, pockets, slots, and chamfering and filleting operations. In addition, the approach considers accessibility constraints for these features, has an worst-case algorithmic time complexity quadratic in the number of solid modeling operations, and modifies features recognized to account for available tooling and produce more realistic volumes for manufacturability analysis.

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