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March/April 1994 (vol. 14 no. 2)
pp. 13

Solid modeling deals with the representation, design, visualization. and analysis of models of 3D parts. While the embodiment of solid modeling technology in contemporary commercial CAD systems is finally beginning to fulfil the old promise of providing major improvements in the productivity of the manufacturing industry, solid modeling research remains in its infancy. Recent developments focus on advanced design paradigms, topological and geometric extensions of the domain and the performance and reliability of the fundamental algorithms. The current trend follows two paths: capitalizing on the concepts of features, constraints, and model parameterization, which provide a more intuitive and suitable design vocabulary than the traditional edges, faces, or Boolean operations; and incorporating information about the tolerances, assembly relations, and mechanical properties of parts and assemblies, which provides a suitable product database for the development of analysis and planning applications. We selected the articles in the special issue carefully, choosing from among the papers presented at the 1993 ACM/IEEE Second Symposium on Solid Modeling and Applications.

Citation:
Joshua Turner, Jarek Rossignac, "Guest Editors' Introduction: Solid Modeling," IEEE Computer Graphics and Applications, vol. 14, no. 2, pp. 13, March-April 1994, doi:10.1109/38.267466
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