This thesis describes research which is aimed at devising a framework for a
feature based workshop oriented NC planning. The principal objective of this thesis is
to utilize a feature based method which can rationalize and enhance part description
and in particular part planning and programming on the shop-floor.
This work has been done taking into account new developments in the area of shop
floor programming. The importance of the techniques and conventions which are
addressed in this thesis stems from the recognition that the most effective way to
improve and enhance part description is to capture the intent of the engineering drawing
by devising a medium in which the recurring patterns of turned components can be
modelled for machining. Experimental application software which allows the user to
describe the workpiece and subsequently generate the manufacturing code has been
A Doctoral Thesis. Submitted in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the award of Doctor of Philosophy of Loughborough University.