Summary: Journal of Manufacturing Systems
Volume 12/No. 2
Review of Research in Feature-Based Design
O.W. Salomons, F.J.A.M. van Houten, and H.J.J. Kals, University of Twente, Enschede, The
Research in feature-based design is reviewed.
Feature-based design is regarded as a key factor
towards CAD/CAPPintegration from a process planning
point of view. From a design point of view, feature-
based design offers possibilities for supporting the
design process better than current CAD systems do.
The evolution of feature definitions is briefly discussed.
Features and their role in the design process and as
representatives of design-objects and design-object
knowledge are discussed. The main research issues
related to feature-based design are outlined. These
are: feature representation, features and tolerances,
feature validation, multiple viewpoints towards fea-
tures, features and standardization, and features and