Computer-Aided Design and Manufacturing (CAD/CAM) is concerned with all aspects of the process of designing, prototyping, manufacturing, inspecting, and maintaining complex geometric objects under computer control. As such, there is a natural synergy between this field and Computational Geometry (CG), which involves the design, analysis, implementation, and testing of efficient algorithms and data representation techniques for geometric entities such as points, polygons, polyhedra, curves, and surfaces. On the one hand, CG can bring about significant performance improvements in CAD/CAM, while, on the other hand, CAD/CAM can be a rich source of interesting new problems that provide new impetus to research in CG. Indeed, such two-way interaction has already been witnessed in recent years in areas such as numerically-controlled machining, casting and injection molding, rapid prototyping and layered manufacturing, metrology, and mechanism/linkage design, to name just a few.
The purpose of this workshop is to further promote this interaction by bringing together researchers from both sides of the aisle to assess the current state of work at the interface of the two fields, to identify research needs, and to establish directions for collaborative future work. A combination of invited talks and contributed papers is envisioned.
Topics to be addressed include, but are not limited to, geometric aspects of manufacturing processes (from traditional machining to layered manufacturing to nanoscale manufacturing), process planning and control, rapid prototyping technologies, computational metrology and tolerancing, geometric problems in mechanism design, geometric constraint systems, geometric modeling related to manufacturing, computer vision and robotics related to manufacturing, and geometric issues in standards development.