Feature-extraction techniques address the primary limitation of feature-recognition approaches, namely their lack of generalization. This paper presents a boundary-based procedure for the classification and sequential extraction of form features from the CAD models of objects with planar surfaces. Form features are first classified based on their effect on the boundary elements of a basic shape. Geometric reasoning is then used to obtain generalized properties of the form-features’ classes. Finally, form-features’ classes are sequentially extracted based on the recognized properties. At the onset of each extraction stage, the object is viewed as an initial basic shape that has been iteratively altered through the introduction of form features.

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