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CAD/CAM for Nanoscale Self-Assembly
March/April 2006 (vol. 26 no. 2)
pp. 88-91
Ari Requicha, University of Southern California
Dan Arbuckle, University of Southern California
Computer-aided design and manufacture (CAD/CAM) has been a major area of application for computer graphics and computational geometry, and has provided much of the motivation for the field of geometric modeling. The link between design and manufacturing is generally recognized as important, but it depends strongly on the manufacturing processes to be used. Much has been written about CAD/CAM for machining and other traditional manufacturing processes. This article introduces an unusual process that is especially suited for the manufacture of nanostructures from the bottom up and discusses how to convert a CAD specification into the required manufacturing instructions.

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Index Terms:
nanomanufacturing, nanoassembly, CAD/CAM, self-assembly, solid modeling
Citation:
Ari Requicha, Dan Arbuckle, "CAD/CAM for Nanoscale Self-Assembly," IEEE Computer Graphics and Applications, vol. 26, no. 2, pp. 88-91, March-April 2006, doi:10.1109/MCG.2006.29
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