This chapter provides an overview of a problem we want to solve: Extract information from a large CAD/CAM1 database to feed a complex and expensive analysis program. Because the CAD/CAM system continues to evolve, the problem cries out for flexible code.
This chapter examines the CAD/CAM problem, the vocabulary of the domain, and important features of the problem.
I am now going to review a past design of mine that got me on the road to the insights contained in this book.
I was supporting a design center in which engineers used a CAD/CAM system to make ...