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The CEDAR Group is dedicated to the research and development of Design Automation Tools for Mechanical Engineering. This research includes efforts in CAD/CAM development and Collaborative Systems. The CEDAR Group has shared resources with the CU-ICAR. Specifically, the CEDAR Group is responsible for two primary lab facilities (EIB 136, 135, and 134), Software, and Hardware.



The Automation in Design (AID) research group was established in the Mechanical Engineering Department at Clemson University to research topics specifically related to the design process, design collaboration, design theory and automation, and virtual prototyping. The laboratory is under the direction of Dr. Joshua D. Summers in the Mechanical Engineering department. The senior research scientists in the research group are Drs. Farhad Ameri, Jeff Ma, Joshua Ju, and Jonathan Maier. The Engineering Information Management Laboratory (EIM Lab) was established in the Mechanical Engineering Department at Clemson University to conduct research on simulation-based design tools and frameworks, information exchange and interoperability, design process models, information and data management systems, and formal languages to enable collaboration. The laboratory is directed by Dr. Gregory M. Mocko in the Department of Mechanical Engineering. The laboratories include approximately 17-25 graduate and undergraduate students per year. They are housed in the state of the art Fluor Daniel Engineering Innovation Building and consists of an

  1. ""advanced collaborative design laboratory"" which includes a Polycom video/internet conferencing system, smart board, Immersadesk virtual reality workbench,
  2. ""advanced design automation laboratory"" with software development tools dedicated to rapid deployment and testing of computer aided design tools and engineering information management systems, and
  3. ""artifactology laboratory"" that is equipped for prototyping of physical products and for reverse engineering and benchmarking engineered artifacts.

Additionally, the labs share space in the rapid prototyping laboratory, the metrology laboratory, the materials processing laboratory (all housed in the Fluor Daniel Excellence in Engineering Building). The group has research collaboration with faculty members from other disciplines, departments, and colleges. In particular, a strong emphasis on multidisciplinary design gathers researchers from mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, industrial engineering, mathematical sciences, computer science, marketing, and psychology. In addition, close ties with industry partners has enabled the acquisition of products and equipment within the labs including: hand-held power tools for reverse engineering and to study product generation evolution (TTI/Ryobi), complete vehicle chassis (painted body), exterior, and interior components and systems for fixture design and assembly process redesign (BMW), automobile tires, wheels, and testing equipment for tire and tread design(Michelin), and advanced tread and lunar wheel testing systems for studying wear, traction, and endurance (NASA/JPL). AID and EIM Lab is affiliated with the CREDO laboratory, headed by co-directors Drs. Georges Fadel, Gregory M. Mocko, and Joshua D. Summers. The CREDO laboratory hosted the late Prof. Markus Maier, chair of the Product Design and Innovation Institute at the ETH Zurich during his sabbatical in the fall of 2003 and Prof. Margaret Wiecek from the Department of Mathematical Sciences at Clemson University for 2005 under an NSF grant.


Computer hardware available to CREDO members are: PC workstations (26), CAD workstations (3), a dedicated application and database server, SGI workstations (6), and LINUX workstations (2). In addition, the students and faculty have access to college and university laboratories and resources, which include two high performance Sun multi-processor machines, a 64-node Beowulf cluster in the department, and access to the 500 node cluster at the college.


Many packages are available to the researchers, including CAD software: CATIA, Unigraphics NX4, I-DEAS, Pro-Engineer, SolidEdge v20, SolidWorks 2006/2007, AutoCAD, Think3, IronCAD, ACIS, CADshell; analysis software: Abaqus, ANSYS v10, Optistruct; symbolic and numerical computation: Matlab, Maple, Mathematica, GA, NN, SA, D-Cubed; simulation software: Adams, Fluent; development software: Visual Studio .Net, VRJuggler, wxWindows; optimization: modeFRONTIER 3.2; information and knowledge management: MySQL, MSSQL Server, Protégé 3.2.1,FaCT++, integration frameworks: ModelCenter 7.0, Analysis Server 5.0; product data management: PDMWorks Workgroup, SmarTeam

[edit] Collaborative Design Lab - EIB 135

  1. 4 High Performance PCs for CAD/CAM development (Dell Optiplex 240) (P4, 1.8 GHz, 1 GB RAM, 19" Flat Panel Display).
    1. MS Visual Studio
    2. D-Cubed (DCM)
    3. Pro-Engineer (2001i2)
    4. Pro-Mechanica (2001i2)
    5. IDEAS (v. 9)
    6. ThinkDesign 7
    7. Windchill ProjectLink
    8. Maple 7
    9. MatLab 6.1
    10. ACIS
    11. wxWindows
    12. OpenCascade
    13. CADshell
    14. Interactive Virtual Environment for Correction of STL files (IVECS)
  1. 2 PC Running Linux (Virtual Reality Development)
  2. 1 SGI O2 (Virtual Reality Development)
  3. 1 Multimedia Conferencing PC (Sony Vaio Pentablet).
  4. 1 Conferencing Laptop PC (Toshiba).
    1. MS Visual Studio
    2. D-Cubed
    3. Pro-Engineer
    4. MatLab
    5. ACIS
    6. wxWindows
    7. OpenCascade
    8. CADshell
  5. 2 HP Jornada PocketPC's (Distributed CAD Development)
    1. CADshell - PocketPC
  6. Virtual Reality Immersive Workbench
    1. CTC Workbench
    2. Polhemus Fastrate trackers
    3. Stereographics CrystalEyes
  7. Pictel Video Conferencing System
  8. Axis Network Web Camera
  9. HP 4000 Laser Printer

[edit] Optimization and CAD Lab - EIB 134

  • 1. 4 PC's running Windows 2000
  • 2. 3 Sun Unix Workstations
  • 3. Flatbed Scanner
  • 4. Color Laser Printer

[edit] Additional Software

  • 1. MS Visual Studio
  • 2. D-Cubed (DCM)
  • 3. Pro-Engineer (2001i2)
  • 4. Pro-Mechanica (2001i2)
  • 5. IDEAS (v. 9)
  • 6. ThinkDesign 7
  • 7. Windchill ProjectLink
  • 8. Maple 7
  • 9. MatLab 6.1
  • 10. ACIS
  • 11. wxWindows
  • 12. OpenCascade
  • 13. CADshell
  • 14. Interactive Virtual Environment for Correction of STL files (IVECS)
  • 15. ANSYS
  • 16. ABAQUS
  • 17. ASTROS
  • 18. Optistruct
  • 19. DOT
  • 20. CONMIM
  • 21. DSIDES
  • 22. GAlib
  • 23. Optimus
  • 24. ISight

[edit] Additional Resources

[edit] Other Equipment

  • 1. SLA 250 StereoLithography Apparatus
  • 2. Sanders Modelmaker
  • 3. Selective Laser Sintering Machine
  • 4. Thermojet Wax Rapid Prototyping Machine
  • 5. Brown and Sharp Coordinate Measurement Machine (CMM)
  • 6. Taylor Hobson Profilometer
  • 7. FARO Arm

[edit] Call for Papers

CAD'16, the 2016 International CAD Conference, will be held in Vancouver, Canada from June 27 to June 30 [1]

[edit] CEDAR Drive

[edit] Steps to map the CEDAR network drive on Windows 7

  1. Right click on Network
  2. Click on Map Network Drive...
  3. In the Folder: drop down menu, type \\gs14.clemson.edu\gs14\me\CEDAR\
  4. Select Reconnect at logon and Connect using different credentials
  5. Click on Finish
  6. Enter your Clemson username and password

[edit] Steps to map the CEDAR network drive on Mac OS X 10.9

  1. Click on the desktop and select Go on the menu bar
  2. Select Connect to Server...
  3. Enter the following into the text box under Server Address: smb://gs14.clemson.edu/gs14/me/CEDAR/
  4. Click the + and then select Connect
  5. Enter your Clemson username and password, if required

[edit] ACIS Steps

  1. Download all required software from Spatial
  2. Ensuring all libraries are set
  3. Declare environmental variables
  4. Ensure libraries are linked within Visual Studio
  5. Register third party component
  6. When registering, run the spa_lic_app as an administrator
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