Issues in automated design-to-cost

David M. Dilts, Brian Heinmuller

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This research addresses some of the critical issues when attempting to design and build an automated design-to-cost (ADTC) system. Such a system must interact with other computerized elements of manufacturing; hence the research begins a description of the various components with which the ADTC must interface. Such components include feature-based modeling, group technology, computer-aided process planning, and various product costing models, including Activity Based Costing, Parametric Costing and Target Costing. Next, the elements of an ADTC model are presented, along with issues regarding the need for intelligent database integration, including features for knowledge-based CAD and CAMM linkage, and a formal product knowledge database. Finally, the research creates a total product cost model using costable design attributes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Number of pages1
StatePublished - Jan 1 1998
Externally publishedYes
EventProceedings of the 1997 Annual Meeting of the Decision Sciences Institute. Part 1 (of 3) - San Diego, CA, USA
Duration: Nov 22 1997Nov 25 1997


OtherProceedings of the 1997 Annual Meeting of the Decision Sciences Institute. Part 1 (of 3)
CitySan Diego, CA, USA

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Management Information Systems
  • Hardware and Architecture


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