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Assistive CAD Tools: A Review of Automated Design Methods within Computer Aided Design

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Publication date06/2009
Host publicationRapid Design, Prototyping and Manufacturing: Proceedings of the Tenth National Conference on
EditorsAllan Rennie, Chris Bocking, David Jacobson
Place of publicationHigh Wycombe
PublisherMJA Print
Number of pages9
ISBN (Print)978-0-948314-57-5
Original languageEnglish


Rapid Manufacture (RM) allows for a more simplified approach to the manufacture of individual products that has been previously limited using other manufacturing technologies. The simplistic nature of RM in terms of knowledge required to take ideas to manufactured product can bring consumers closer to the design of their own products than ever before. To support any future consumer-centred design practices, tools can be developed to assist the design process. This paper reviews some current and past research in the field of automated design and design assistant tools. The focus is on creating a smooth transition of design from idea to manufacture in a user friendly environment.