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Proceedings of CAD'15, 2015, 425-431
A Knowledge-Based Framework for Integration of Computer Aided Styling and Computer Aided Engineering

Severin Stadler, Mario Hirz, Graz University of Technology

Abstract. The appearance of a product for example in electronic or automotive industry is one of the main reasons for customers’ buying decision. Looking at automotive industry the styling of a new car still states an important aspect besides costs, reliability, safety and fuel consumption. New mobility concepts and propulsion systems provide more degrees of freedom for new shapes and appearances of future vehicles. The styling development is part of initial phases of product development and therefore it is characterized by a dynamic behavior. Based on initial specifications, a prospective vehicle outline is developed, until a styling concept is found. In general, there are different procedural methods that are performed simultaneously during styling development. After creation of two dimensional drawings - physically as well as on virtual way - the three dimensional styling development is continued using computer-aided industrial design (CAID) software. This technology can be seen as a subset of CAD, but offers more conceptual and aesthetic tools instead of manufacturing oriented ones like in technology-oriented CAD. In the following, several computer-aided systems like CAD, CAID and CAE are combined under the term CAx.

Keywords. KBE, Computer-aided styling, Class-A, Product data quality

DOI: 10.14733/cadconfP.2015.425-431