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Middleware-Based Integration of Multiple CAD and PDM Systems Into Virtual Reality Environment

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Executive Summary

The data exchange between CAD and VR systems is recognized as an essential element for the integration of the digital design process in the manufacturing industry. This paper introduces the MEMPHIS system, a data exchange middleware, and that closes the manual gap of data processing between CAD and VR environments. This system was designed to integrate PDM, CAD and VR systems through common interfaces which are based on international standards. Taking advantage of these interfaces and standardized data structures, MEMPHIS will allow the efficient reuse of VR specific modifications and eventually reduce time and repeated efforts during the design process of a product.

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