CASE, K. and GAO, J., 1993. Feature technology : an overview.
International Journal of Computer Integrated Manufacturing, 6 (1-2), pp. 2 - 12.
The proper integration of the activities of computer-aided design (CAD) and computer-aided manufacture (CAM)is an objective that has become more urgent within the wider context of a total computer integrated manufacturing (CIM) environment. In seeking this integration it is recognized that the diversity of activities and consequent needs for data can best be served by a single representation for design, design analysis and manufacturing planning, and that a strong candidate for this descriptive role is a feature representation. This paper briefly overviews the primary methods of the use of features through feature recognition and design by features, particularly in the process planning application area.