International Conference on Manfucturing Automation (ICMA 2002): Rapid Response Solutions to Product Development

This text covers all aspects of manufacturing automation popular in research. CAD, CIM, rapid prototyping and tooling, industrial robotics, process planning, geometric modelling and feature-based technology are all covered here. Other topics include product development, high-efficiency machining and Internet-based design. The broad theme of the contributions is rapid development with the emphasis on software, modelling and planning. A range of work from international experts is brought together offering insights and developments in the following fields of research: design systems and methodologies; machining technology; intelligent systems; technology management; rapid product development; and Internet-based systems. Ideas, research and technological developments in the areas of manufacturing automation are explored to inform those working in the field and to foster better links between industry and academia.