Machine Learning In Design Engineering and Manufacturing

Abstract: Artificial intelligence (AI) has made significant strides in various fields, challenging conventional notions of computer capabilities. However, while data science research primarily concentrates on refining AI models, there are numerous challenges associated with integrating AI into industrial applications.Knowledge-Based Engineering, with its potential to streamline the production cycle by reusing engineering knowledge and intent, emerges as a promising avenue for AI in the industry. When engineering knowledge is effectively processed and categorized, neural networks naturally emerge as potent tools for automation.This thesis presents three case studies that demonstrate the practicality of supervised learning, particularly in the domain of neural networks, to address manufacturing automation challenges. These case studies span various stages of the manufacturing system, encompassing engineering design, production planning, and quality control phases. The first application employs supervised learning to automate the generation of engineering drawings, while the third employs optical character recognition to expedite the quality control process for complex engineering drawings. The second application centers on the estimation of fixturing clamps for welding operations in automobile parts.In summary, this thesis strives to make a meaningful contribution to the field of design engineering and manufacturing by examining the potential of AI in enhancing processes and addressing automation hurdles. By presenting case studies that showcase the utility of machine learning models in production settings, this thesis aims to stimulate further research in this evolving field.

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