A meta-model for mechanical products based upon the mechanical design process

Mark Henderson, LeRoy E. Taylor

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This paper describes preliminary work toward the develoment of a framework and a system for modeling the "meta-physical" information of mechanical products. Meta-physical information is that information which describes the nature or reason for existence of objects in the physical product model. Such information includes product and feature functionality, design intent, relations, constraints and viewpoint-dependent definitions. This effort has resulted in an initial model structure and a prototype system. The product model consists of a meta-physical product model with attached physical product models containing, among other information, geometry, dimensions, tolerances, and features. The content and structure of the product model correspond directly to the information used and produced during the mechanical design process. The prototype system integrates a solid modeler, a feature modeler, a dimension and tolerance modeler, and a meta-physical modeler. This paper provides an overview of the meta-model structure, usage and potential.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)140-160
Number of pages21
JournalResearch in Engineering Design
Issue number3-4
StatePublished - Sep 1 1993


  • Design documentation
  • Features
  • Functional modeling
  • Product modeling

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Architecture
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering


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