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Design and Implementation of Intelligent Manufacturing Systems: From Expert Systems, Neural Networks, to Fuzzy Logic by Hamid R. Parsaei, Mohammed Jamshidi

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Chapter 14. CAD in Automatic Machine Programming

B.O. Nnaji, University of Massachusetts at Amherst

T.S. Kang, Auto-trol Technology Company

Introduction

Automatic machine programming requires that tasks which the machine must perform be specified to it in some task-level language. This method of specification implies that the machine must reason about its work environment in order to plan how to execute the task. One of the principal problems to be overcome in such planning is reasoning about the world of geometric entities whose shapes define the configuration of the world. Although the world information can be captured using a variety of approaches including vision, the understanding of the world implies understanding geometric shapes. Since the ...

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