Development of an Integrated Design Database System 891995
A conventional CAD system is aimed primarily at making the work of creating design drawings more efficient. There are limits, however, to further improvement of design efficiency and design quality with such a system. What is needed is a CAD system that allows design information of various kinds to he compiled for ready access and exchange among designers. To realize a system of this sort, first of all a means was devised of putting into standard format the design information that needs to be included in product design drawings, and of storing this information in a database. These standard drawings are then used in creation of new drawings, by means of an editing process. Moreover, this integrated design database system allows designers to exchange information related to the design work online, in the form of drawing elements.