Multi-user Computer-Aided Manufacturing (CAM)

Multi-User CAM, developed by researchers at Brigham Young University, allows 3 clients to simultaneously design the tool paths used to machine the part. Independent features on parts are ideal for decomposition among CAM multi-users. Single user CAM constrains the ability to collaborate and to use resources effectively, thus making the lead times for complex parts completely dependent on the single user’s ability. Also, this user may not be knowledgeable in all processes. While using multi-user CAM not only can the lead times be cut down dramatically on projects, but experts can define processes while providing training to others. Cost savings by product industries are realized when:

  • Planning time is reduced
  • Process errors are discovered sooner
  • Reduced number of design and manufacturing iterations
  • Reduced time to market

Multi-user Finite Element Analysis (FEA)

Multi-User FEA using 2 clients to simultaneaously pre-process a FEA mesh for part load analysis. Cost savings by product industries are realized when:

  • Pre-processing time is reduced
  • Analysis errors discovered sooner
  • Reduced number of design and manufacturing iterations
  • Reduced time to market

Augmented Reality Customer Collaborator (ARCC)

The ARCC offers potential to decrease the costs associated with the time and transportation of expertise while simultaneously increasing the accuracy and efficiency of diagnosing problems. By giving the remote expert a video stream of the customer’s view, both parties can have access to the customer’s environment. Leveraging augmented reality gives the expert an ability to interact with the customer through animation. In addition, by using commercially available mobile devices, support and service can happen in virtually any setting at a low entry cost.

Complexity Management Tool

A Complexity Management Tool (CMT) was developed by researchers at Iowa State University to assess complexity levels, identify critical components, and highlight possible cost saving re-design opportunities using cost and design data. The tool was applied to existing product families produced by Goodyear. Possible production cost reductions for one of the analyzed product families and related components ranged from 10% to 40% (approximately $230,000 in savings annually for this product family). CMT was featured as an Industry-Nominated Technology Breakthrough of NSF Industry/University Cooperative Research Centers.

New Product Development Process

Researchers at the University at Buffalo-SUNY developed an electronic New Product Development (e-NPD) process that enables simultaneous achievement of product quality, process efficiency, and market innovations. The new process, built on existing practices, distinguishes between R&D and market-driven product development projects; minimizes process overhead of storing and sharing information; and provides metrics to drive product development decisions and assessments. Th e-NPD process can provide better, faster, and more innovative products for a global economy.

Analogy Finder

Researchers at the University of Massachusetts Amherst developed Analogy Finder, a software platform that enables researchers to efficiently identify patents in other fields. Analogy Finder moves beyond the limitations of keyword searches by conducting analogous searches that span diverse disciplines. Searches result in similar, relevant matches enabling researchers to adapt inventions to resolve challenges in other fields.

The following is a list of key research outcomes and other achievements

  • A methodology for conducting a Knowledge-to-Information inventory based on existing design processes
  • A simulation model to provide a test-bed for Automated Situation-awareness
  • Assessment Platform in emergency response environments
  • Simulation technology and immersive technology for driver training including relevant real-world physical and natural hazards
  • A methodology to integrate e-Design ontologies and methods into commercial design processes
  • A Novel Programming Language Approach to Parametric CAD Data Exchange
  • A normative decision analysis method for the sustainability-based design of products
  • A semantic knowledge management system for laminated composites
  • RET for 12 high school and middle school teachers on visualization and virtual and rapid prototyping
  • Expanding visual communication and sharing of visual data through the 4-VA program working with CISCO
  • Using a MMORPG game server environment to host and distribute traditional single-user commercial CAD and FEA systems and make them collaborative multi-user
  • Developed a methodology for conflict resolution and locking of edges, faces, features allowing multiple designers/modelers to work concurrently in the same model
  • Developed and deployed methods for supervisory view tracking and mentoring of multi-user CAx tools
  • Developed methods and procedures for local and global undo within a multi-user Cloud-based CAx design/analysis/manufacturing session
  • Developed and tested methods for spatial decomposition of multi-user Cloud-based CAx design/analysis/manufacturing session
  • Methods for multi-user finite element pre-processing
  • Methods for multi-user drafting/detailing/PMI
  • Method for design rationale learning through a experiential multi-user database
  • Multi-user productive testing demonstrating at least a factor of n-times reduction in modeling and creation times where n is the number of simultaneous modelers