Chapter 25. 3D annotation

Three dimensional (3D) or ‘Solid’ modelling is now used worldwide by industry, as the tool of choice for engineering design. Driven by the race to shorten ‘time to market’ full exploitation of the benefits of using the 3D model as a master which can be used to enable the production of product data specifications (drawings), rapid prototyping, computer aided manufacture (CAM), computer aided inspection or verification (CAI) and finite-element analysis (FEA).

There are many examples of ‘paperless manufacture’, i.e., a product being manufactured from a model, by CAM, without the aid of drawings or any supplementary specification. In this application, the accuracy and uncertainty of the manufacturing process is known and ...

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