Roles of features and abstraction in mechanical design

LeRoy E. Taylor, Mark Henderson

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This paper describes the roles of features and abstraction mechanisms in the mechanical design process, mechanical designs, and product models of mechanical designs. It also describes the relationship between functions and features in mechanical design. It is our experience that many research efforts exist in the areas of design and product modeling and, further, that these efforts must be cataloged and compared. To this end, this paper culminates with the presentation of a multi-dimensional abstraction space which provides a unique framework for (a) comparing mechanical engineering design research efforts, (b) relating conceptual objects used in the life cycle of mechanical products, and (c) defining a product modeling space.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationAmerican Society of Mechanical Engineers, Design Engineering Division (Publication) DE
Place of PublicationNew York, NY, United States
Number of pages10
StatePublished - 1994
EventProceedings of the 1994 ASME Design Technical Conferences - Minneapolis, MN, USA
Duration: Sep 11 1994Sep 14 1994


OtherProceedings of the 1994 ASME Design Technical Conferences
CityMinneapolis, MN, USA

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Engineering(all)


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