PARAMETRICAL CAD MODELS AS A DATABASE FOR MASS CUSTOMIZATION CONFIGURATION PROCESSES
The paper presents a possible approach for the intensive integration of the customer within the product development process. Existing methods to deal with the complexity of product development cycles have been adopted to fit the new requirements for individualized products. By increasing efforts in the middle stages of the product development, costs for late changes can be reduced rigorously. Formulas, rules, and other parametrical CAD-functionalities are used to implement the necessary information within the CAD-model. Once this is done, the model is used as a database for Mass Customization configuration process resulting in consistent CAD-information, which builds the base for subsequent tasks e.g. semi-automated process planning.