Edward Kozak - Troy MI, US Jim Yoos - Southgate MI, US Randall Lomako - Canton MI, US Robert Mercieca - Brighton MI, US Lori Spalding - Canton MI, US
FORD MOTOR COMPANY - Dearborn MI
A system and method for designing components through the use of a computer having a computer aided design (CAD) software enables a reduction in the occurrence of infinite looping. The method includes the step of identifying common areas between the components, wherein the components have a three-dimensional relationship through the use of the computer. Another step includes traversing the common areas with at least one parallel division plane through the use of the computer and trimming the component to the at least one parallel division plane. Yet another step includes storing the component in the computer memory as a first product layout and a second product layout. The method further includes integrating the first and second product layouts through the use of an architectural layout function thereby reducing the occurrence of infinite looping by the CAD software.