FUNCTION-ORIENTED CONFIGURATION OF PRODUCTS BY MEANS OF FEATURE & CONSTRAINT-BASERD MODELING
In the early design phases three main levels of abstraction can be distinguished, which describe the function, the principle and the embodiment (layout/form). Suitable representations (e.g. function structure, solution principles, preliminary layout or detail layout) exist for these three levels of abstraction . For a continuous computer-aided product design a phase overlapping multi-stage modeling is necessary, which connects the different levels and the according representations. The aim of the P?per is the presentation of the concept and an exemplary implementation of a convenient software application, which supports an iterative design (changes in lower levels of abstraction are propagated to higher levels and vice versa). The described approach based on a function-oriented configuration. For this four procedures of configuration of products will be discussed. The exemplary implementation is oriented to the conceptual design (determination of function structure and solution principle) and the fust steps in embodiment design (development of preliminary layout and form) oftechnical products with mechanical components.