Title: Computer-aided CMM modular fixture configuration design
Authors: M. Shokri, B. Arezoo
Addresses: Mechanical Engineering Department, CAD/CAM Research Centre, Amirkabir University of Technology, Hafez Ave, P.O. Box 15875-4413 Tehran, Iran. ' Mechanical Engineering Department, CAD/CAM Research Centre, Amirkabir University of Technology, Hafez Ave, P.O. Box 15875-4413 Tehran, Iran
Abstract: In this paper, a software that is able to plan fixture configuration and assembly procedure for modular CMM measuring fixtures is described. By applying Set Theory, a fixture structure is considered as an assembly unit divided into several sub-assemblies and elements. Each sub-assembly is defined as a functional unit that includes one contacting element, one connecting element, and some other assembly elements. Using |minimum fixture elements| and |simple fixture configuration| criteria, an assembly algorithm is developed to design a suitable fixture configuration and assembly procedure. The system is implemented using VC++ in a Solidworks platform.
Keywords: computer-aided fixturing; modular fixtures; fixture design; automated fixture configuration; configuration design; CMM measuring fixtures; CMMs; coordinate measuring machines; set theory; fixture assembly.
International Journal of Manufacturing Technology and Management, 2008 Vol.14 No.1/2, pp.174 - 188
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