Abstract

This paper introduces an information modeling framework to support representation of design artifacts for design databases and repositories. While most artifact representations consist primarily of geometric information, the object-oriented design modeling language developed through this work enables representation of not only form, but also function and behavior. This research has resulted in the implementation of a design artifact database as well as an information browser that provides the user interface to information contained therein. The implementation is demonstrated using the representation of a power drill as an example.

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