Faculty Advisor

Ault, Holly K.


This project studies how geometric solid modeling is implemented and utilized in small and medium sized manufacturing companies. Data were collected by comparing the functional characteristics of several commercially available solid modeling packages, surveying relevant literature, and conducting interviews with key employees of small and medium sized manufacturing companies. All of the companies that were interviewed were still trying to integrate solid modeling throughout the organization. These companies used solid modeling for new designs but few used it for concurrent engineering or CAM purposes, which are some of the benefits that CAD vendors claim affect the manufacturing process the most. Although these companies are not at the stage of full solid modeling implementation, they have observed benefits such as decreased design time and increased design quality from using solid modeling.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

January 2000

Project Type

Interactive Qualifying Project


Restricted-WPI community only

Advisor Department

Mechanical Engineering