Title: Web-based framework for bidirectional link of VRML and CAD assemblies

Authors: Gorazd Hren, Anton Jezernik, Borut Zalik

Addresses: Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, University of Maribor, Smetanova 17, Maribor 2000, Slovenia. ' Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, University of Maribor, Smetanova 17, Maribor 2000, Slovenia. ' Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, University of Maribor, Smetanova 17, Maribor 2000, Slovenia

Abstract: Virtual Prototypes (VPs) are important and useful tools for engineers providing the capability to evaluate designs under |real-world| conditions during different phases of their development. The goal of research is to create and implement a computer model to: (1) handle viewing and interacting of VPs over the web, (2) enable exchanging configuration of the VPs and manipulate appearances of parts, and (3) enable the propagation of the chosen configuration directly to the modelling system. The aim is avoiding repetition of VPs preparation for various configurations and enables cooperation of a broad set of participants regardless of their computer experience.

Keywords: computer-aided design; CAD assemblies; virtual prototyping; VP; virtual reality modelling language; VRML; extensible markup language; XML; assembly reconstruction; internet; world wide web; configuration exchange; assembly modelling; product development.

DOI: 10.1504/IJPLM.2006.009387

International Journal of Product Lifecycle Management, 2006 Vol.1 No.3, pp.303 - 320

Published online: 28 Mar 2006 *

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