Masters Theses


"This research presents an initial effort towards the development of a 3D visualization tool that is part of an overall effort to create an automated conceptual design tool to aid a designer during the early stages of the design process. CAD software finds use in diverse disciplines that have made use of simulation and software modeling tools for a variety of reasons involving some form of visualization. Described in this document is the use of low-memory three dimensional VRML models to represent component geometry, created to achieve several goals that complement the overall objectives of the automated concept generation algorithm. One key goal is that the visualization software be accessible via the web, thus the need for low-memory and low-data models. Additionally, as the concept generation algorithm is intended for usage during early conceptual design, the 3D visualization tool allows the creation of models upon which basic manipulations can be performed so that a designer can get an initial feel of the structure that his product is going to take. This research has enabled the creation of a basic visualization tool which, while similar in nature to most other CAD software tools, is unique, in that it represents the link, as a visual interface, between a formulated concept and the designer. This research thesis presents the research problem, an overview of the architecture of the software tool and some preliminary results on visual representations as an aid to concept generation"--Abstract, page iii.


Stone, Robert B.
McAdams, Daniel A.

Committee Member(s)

Du, Xiaoping


Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Degree Name

M.S. in Mechanical Engineering


University of Missouri--Rolla

Publication Date

Fall 2006


viii, 61 pages

Note about bibliography

Includes bibliographical references (pages 57-60).


© 2006 Vivek Attaluri, All rights reserved.

Document Type

Thesis - Restricted Access

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Subject Headings

Concepts -- Mathematical models
New products -- Development
VRML (Computer program language)

Thesis Number

T 9086

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