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Lessons learned implementing STEP-NC AP-238

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STEP-NC AP-238 is an integrated version of the STEP-NC ISO 14649 standard that enables more data sharing with the other STEP standards for CAD, CAM and CAE applications. This paper describes how STEP-NC AP-238 is being tested for deployment in the United States of America. The tests focused on showing that STEP-NC AP-238 allows multiple CAM systems to send five-axis tool path data to multiple CNC machines without any post-processing. The paper also describes the results of previous work performed on a feature-based implementation of STEP-NC, and explains why US industry has had difficulty in adopting a feature-based implementation as its initial deployment method.
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Keywords: Computer aided manufacturing; Computerized numerical control; STEP; STEP-NC

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: Department of Computer Science, RPI, Troy, NY, USA 2: STEP Tools Inc., Troy, NY, USA

Publication date: September 1, 2006

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