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Assembly Sequence Simulator

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000099972D
Original Publication Date: 1990-Mar-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-15
Document File: 2 page(s) / 52K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Gliedman, RP: AUTHOR [+4]

Abstract

Recently, systems have been developed to create geometrically accurate mathematical representations of mechanical parts and assemblies. These representations (or models) permit a mechanical designer to evaluate the function and cost of a system before "real" parts are constructed.

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Assembly Sequence Simulator

       Recently, systems have been developed to create
geometrically accurate mathematical representations of mechanical
parts and assemblies.  These representations (or models) permit a
mechanical designer to evaluate the function and cost of a system
before "real" parts are constructed.

      The Assembly Sequence Simulator is a software tool used to
design and analyze the process by which a complex mechanism is
assembled.  Similar tools have been developed to simulate the robotic
assembly of a mechanism.  The Assembly Sequence Simulator is unique
in its simplicity and ease of use.  The current system is built upon
a particular solid modeler, but similar capability could be added to
any solid modeling system.

      To use the system, the user executes the following steps:
1.   Specify the order in which the parts are to be assembled.  This
may be done by pointing to the parts in a graphic representation of
the assembly or by choosing from a list of the parts in the assembly.
2.   Specify for each part, the direction from which that part is to
be inserted into the assembly.
3.   Specify the direction from which the assembly is to be viewed
when the part is installed.

      After this information has been provided by the designer, the
system provides the following capabilities:
1.   The user may ask the system to simulate the assembly process.
The system will then step through the assembly sequence showing the
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