Virtual Reality

, Volume 6, Issue 4, pp 229–243 | Cite as

Methods and Algorithms for Constraint-based Virtual Assembly

Regular Article

Abstract:

Constraint-based simulation is a fundamental concept used for assembly in a virtual environment. The constraints (axial, planer, etc.) are extracted from the assembly models in the CAD system and are simulated during the virtual assembly operation to represent the real world operations. In this paper, we present the analysis of ‘combinations’ and ‘order of application’ of axial and planar constraints used in assembly. Methods and algorithms for checking and applying the constraints in the assembly operation are provided. An object-oriented model for managing these constraints in the assembly operation is discussed.

Keywords:

Virtual Assembly Assembly Constraints Constrained Motion Simulation 

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© Springer-Verlag London Limited 2003

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Virtual Reality and Computer Integrated Manufacturing LaboratorySchool of Mechanical and Materials Engineering, Washington State UniversityPullman, WAUSA
  2. 2.Virtual Reality and Computer Integrated Manufacturing LaboratorySchool of Mechanical and Materials Engineering, Washington State UniversityPullman, WA 99164USA

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