Handling feature interaction is an unsolved issue in feature recognition approach. This paper presents a method for recognizing the presence of feature interactions. First, based on the convex hull concept, a so‐called reference face is defined. Second, by adding the reference face into the attributes adjacency graph (AAG), a modified AAG is obtained. Two general feature types, namely depression and protrusion features, are identified by the reference face. The basic features such as slots, pockets and bosses are represented by the modified AAG. Any features that remain unrecognized by the modified AAG are regarded as interacting features. The types of reference faces and feature face are also classified. Based on the kind of face classification, the interacting features are finally recognized via a process of virtual face extension and volume addition.
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