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Title: A conceptual design tool: Sketch and fuzzy logic based system
Authors: Qin, SF
Wright, DK
Jordanov, IN
Keywords: Conceptual design;Fuzzy logic;Sketch;Curve segmentation;Curve fitting;Geometric modelling
Issue Date: 2001
Publisher: Professional Engineering
Citation: Proceeding of Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part B: Journal of Engineering Manufacture. 215: 111-116
Abstract: A real time sketch and fuzzy logic based prototype system for conceptual design has been developed. This system comprises four phases. In the first one, the system accepts the input of on-line free-hand sketches, and segments them into meaningful parts by using fuzzy knowledge to detect corners and inflection points on the sketched curves. The fuzzy knowledge is applied to capture user’s drawing intention in terms of sketching position, direction, speed and acceleration. During the second phase, each segmented sub-part (curve) can be classified and identified as one of the following 2D primitives: straight lines, circles, circular arcs, ellipses, elliptical arcs or B-spline curves. Then, 2D topology information (connectivity, unitary constraints and pairwise constraints) is extracted dynamically from the identified 2D primitives. From the extracted information, a more accurate 2D geometry can be built up by a 2D geometric constraint solver. The 2D topology and geometry information is then employed to further interpretation of a 3D geometry. The system can not only accept sketched input, but also users’ interactive input of 2D and 3D primitives. This makes it friendly and easier to use, in comparison with ‘sketched input only’, or ‘interactive input only’ systems. Finally, examples are given to illustrate the system.
ISSN: 0954-4054
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