Current Trends and Future Challenges in Automated Manufacturability Analysis
Gupta, Satyandra K.
Nau, Dana S.
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In the marketplace of the 21st century, there is no place for traditional communications between design and manufacturing. In order to ``design it right the first time,'' designers must ensure that their products are both functional and easy to manufacture. Software tools have had some successes in reducing the barriers between design and manufacturing. Manufacturability analysis systems are emerging as one such tool---enabling identification of potential manufacturing problems during the design phase and providing suggestions to designers on how to eliminate them.<P>In this paper, we survey of current state of the art in automated manufacturability analysis. We describe the two dominant approaches to automated manufacturability analysis and overview representative systems based on their application domain. Finally, we attempt to expose some of the existing research challenges and future directions.