The work reported in this thesis is concerned with both
a fundamental assessment and the provision of a comprehensive
MDI system for milling machines. The conceptual design has led
to the realisation of a prototype work station which represents
advances beyond the current state of the art for systems
containing an APT-like processor and employs a powerful and
flexible conversationally-based system with graphics support. The work station has been interfaced in STR mode to a
numerically controlled milling machine and the effectiveness of the programming system has been demonstrated by the production of four workpieces.
A Doctoral Thesis. Submitted in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the award of Doctor of Philosophy at Loughborough University.
Brazil, CNPq (Conselho Nacional de Desenvolvimento Científico e Tecnológico). Universidade Federal de