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A virtual training environment for a 3-axis CNC milling machine is presented. The key elements of the environment are: (a) textured 3D photo-realistic virtual models of the machines and lab; (b) machine simulator for the machines' controls and moving parts; (c) semi-empirical model of the machining operation; (d) hierarchical knowledge-base for process(More)
A virtual manufacturing laboratory for educating students and practitioners on advanced manufacturing is proposed. The particular environment for simulating CNC milling is developed. The environment provides the following training functions for students: (a) access to a fully-functional virtual CNC milling machine (FADAL ® VMC 3016L), (b) training on the(More)
A web-based multimedia lecture delivery system is presented. The system provides natural-language instruction with synchronized: naturally sounding text-to-speech, written highlighted text, and animated 2D and 3D graphics. A near-photorealistic animated human avatar can present the lecture with synchronized gestures and lip-synching. The course is presented(More)
The pedagogical value of an innovative e-learning tool, the Advanced Virtual Manufacturing Laboratory (AVML), is assessed by determining its effectiveness in student learning. The AVML is a collaborative web-based e-learning environment for integrated lecture and lab delivery which focuses on advanced machining using Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC)(More)
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