Computer-Assisted Gripped and Fixture Customization Using Rapid-Prototyping Technology

  title={Computer-Assisted Gripped and Fixture Customization Using Rapid-Prototyping Technology},
  author={Virgilio B. Velasco and Wyatt S. Newman},
In support of rapid-response manufacturing, we propose a new technique for automated design and fabrication of fixture and gripper tooling for mechanical assembly. Our technique uses geometric computations on CAD part descriptions to derive form and frictional form closure tooling. In addition, we invoke rapid prototyping technology to fabricate the computed tooling directly from the derived CAD descriptions. This paper introduces the concepts of our approach to automatic tooling generation… CONTINUE READING


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