This paper describes a methodology and reference implementation created to aid design engineers in the early phases of design for a new discrete product. The decision support tool is used to understand design decisions and their relation to manufacturability considerations, in particular, the weldability of a design. As such, we have defined four metrics (partability, setup/orientation, accessibility, and preparation) that encapsulate good structural weldment design. Those metrics have been codified in a software tool that interacts directly with a commercial CAD package as part of a manufacturability analysis decision support tool suite that also includes machining and casting assessment capabilities. This paper focuses on weldment manufacturability analysis, WeldANA. Several common use cases are used to demonstrate the efficacy and efficiency of the approach for use in the early stages of the design process.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Control and Systems Engineering
- Hardware and Architecture
- Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering