Jack C. Boudreaux

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Solid freeform fabrication (SFF) is based on a part-centric process model: create a solid model of the part, form planar slices, and fabricate the part by producing all of the polyhedra by any of several methods. A class of applications is emerging which will pull SFF from the part-centric model to a new paradigm in which parts are seen as components of(More)
The main thesis of this paper is that industrial plants should be modeled as artificial organisms. Like their biological counterparts, plants must be designed to adapt to, and be productive over, a wide range of external disturbances (such as unanticipated trends in the production schedule) and internal error signals (such as performance degradation due to(More)
Even though the idea of using features to unify for largo-scale computer-integrated manufacturing systems has often been proposed, no current system has been able to achieve this goal. This negative result can be explained in part by the fact that what appears to be at the outset a simple matter, turns out to have unanticipated complexity. Features are very(More)
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