Title page for ETD etd-05222007-091342

Type of Document Dissertation
Author Grieshaber, Michele Marie
URN etd-05222007-091342
Title A computer-aided software engineering toolkit for the integration of CAD/CAM application software in a network environment
Degree PhD
Department Mechanical Engineering
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Myklebust, Arvid Committee Chair
Deisenroth, Michael P. Committee Member
Jayaram, Sankar Committee Member
Mahan, James Robert Committee Member
West, Robert L. Jr. Committee Member
  • CAD/CAM systems
  • Software engineering
  • Computer networks
Date of Defense 1991-11-21
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Much progress has been made in recent years in the development of Computer-Aided Design and Computer-Aided Manufacturing (CAD/CAM) tools for engineering design, analysis, and manufacturing. Unfortunately, most of these CAD/CAM applications were constructed independently and without standardization. In essence, they automate a single aspect of design, analysis, or manufacturing and cannot be combined to form a cohesive environment, since integration among applications was not addressed during the design phase of CAD/CAM application software creation.

In view of this problem, a novel approach is suggested for software integration of applications in a network environment. The distributed integration solution described in this dissertation employs a new "integration client/server” relationship, where the integration server is the core of the system, providing functions to translate or transform data between applications. The integration client consists of an interface with the server, a CAD/CAM application, and a user interface with the integrated system called the GRIM (GRaphical Interface Manager). There is only one integration server in the system, but there may be an unlimited number of clients.

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