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Product Information Sharing in Collaborative Product Development With Web-Based 3D Visualization

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Chih-Hsing Chu, Guo-Xun Yuan

National Tsing Hua University, Hsinchu, Taiwan

Ching-Yi Cheng, Che-Wen Wu

National Chao Tung University, Hsinchu, Taiwan

Paper No. DETC2006-99293, pp. 733-742; 10 pages
  • ASME 2006 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference
  • Volume 3: 26th Computers and Information in Engineering Conference
  • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA, September 10–13, 2006
  • Conference Sponsors: Design Engineering Division and Computers and Information in Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 0-7918-4257-8 | eISBN: 0-7918-3784-X
  • Copyright © 2006 by ASME


This paper presents new applications of the Web-based 3D visualization technology in collaborative product development. Three software prototypes are developed with the technology for non-designer to interact with product model without the need of CAD tools. The first system allows the end customer to configure individual components of 3D assembly with a regular Web browser. It provides a simple approach to collecting the customer’s voices. Next, an integration framework is implemented that enables synchronous communications between CAD and on the shelf software tool of 3D visualization. Peer-to-peer design collaboration is thus realized. Finally, this research proposes a computation mechanism for online modification of design features based on a STL model. A Web 3D catalog is developed for customization of real industrial parts using the proposed mechanism. The implementation results of these prototypes indicate that Web-based 3D visualization is an effective interfacing technology to facilitate 3D information sharing for most product-centric activities in a simple and cost-effective manner.

Copyright © 2006 by ASME



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