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A note on solid modeling: history, state of the art, future

by   Qiang Zou, et al.

Solid modeling is a technique underlying CAD software as we see it today, and its theories and algorithms are among the most fundamental milestones in the historical development of CAD. Basically, it has answered the question of what geometric information a computer should store and how to store/manipulate them in order for the computer to aid the processes of design and manufacturing. This paper provides a brief review (in Chinese) on the historical development of solid modeling, its fundamental research problems, as well as their challenges and state of the art. It then concludes with three prospective trends of solid modeling, especially the promising paradigm shift from "Computer-Aided Design" to "Computer-Automated Design".


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