RE: Reverse Engineering or Engineering Backwards?

From: Bauer Juergen (Juergen.Bauer@SPY.SIEMENS.DE)
Date: Mon Jun 15 1998 - 10:25:39 EEST

>I think he mentioned something about OLE for D&M. The point is, you
>have to add those capabilites to RP preparation programs. If you can
>insert (or load) the RP model as an imbedded object, you can edit it
>*using the CAD program* within your RP program. A bit confusing, but
>see what I mean, go to Word, insert an Equation object into your
>and then later "edit" your equation (right mouse click for the menu, I
>think). The Equation Editor program will run, but you're still in
>Word--just your menus have changed. As long as your equation is an OLE
>object and you have both programs running on the same computer, you can
>this without ever really changing programs. I'm no expert on this
>so some details could be off, but the idea is right. A fine idea...but
>OLE doesn't exist on Unix, *yet*.
And it never will, because OLE is owned by Microsoft.
The only platform- and company-independent alternative would be CORBA
(Common Object Request and Broker Architecture) developed by a IT
consortium over a number of years, but this has not made it into D&M
yet, to my knowledge.

I can only see the way outm that was mentioned:
Build in the RP bild software as a kind of "print driver" or some sort
of plug-in into each CAD System.

To use a STEP description for this purpose would cure some of these
problems, but this is still an external geometry database, with the
common problems (translation time, information loss, cost, ...).


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