Fixtures--the component or assembly that holds a part undergoing machining--must be designed to fit the shape of that part and the type of machining being done. This book discusses the fundamentals of Computer-Aided Fixture Design (CAFD) techniques and covers fixture planning, fixture design (both modular and dedicated fixtures), fixture design verifications, and the overall integration with CAD/CAM. The book shows how CAFD may lead to a significant reduction of product and process development time and production cost, and how CAFD can increase quality assurance through simulation and science-based technical specification and cost estimation in business quoting, especially in current supplier-based manufacturing. It also provides case study examples.

Key Features

* This book provides a total solution of CAFD, including planning, design, and design verification * Practical and comprehensive theoretical analysis of fixturing from real industrial application projects * Introduces the integration of fixture design and analysis with CAD/CAM so that detailed geometric information can be processed and complex fixture designs can be designed and analyzed


Graduate students and professionals working with Computaer Aided Fixture Design in engineering

Table of Contents

Preface; Ch1. Background; 1.1 Mass customization and fixture design in manufacturing; 1.2 Introduction to Computer-Aided Fixture Design; 1.3 Recent development of CAFD; 1.4 Objectives; content; and organization of the book; Ch 2. Machining Setup Planning; 2.1 Feature representation of inter-setup tolerance stack-up; Manufacturing resource model; 2.4 Setup planning generation; 2.5 System implementation; Ch.3 Fixture Planning; 3.1 Geometric model of fixturing; 3.2 Kinetic model of fixturing; 3.3 Fixture locating datum surface determination; 3.4 Fixture locating position optimization; 3.5 Fixture clamping design and optimization; 3.6 System implementation; Ch. 4 Fixture Configuration Design; 4.1 Automated modular fixture design; 4.2 Automated permanent fixture design with pre-defined component types; 4.3 Variation fixture design for part families; 4.4 Computer-aided fixture design with operation constraints; Ch. 5 Fixture Design Verification; 5.1 Geometric constraint verification; 5.2 Locating tolerance verification; 5.3 Locating tolerance assignment; 5.4 Fixturing surface accessibility verification; 5.6 Minimum clamping force determination; 5.7 Fixturing stiffness analysis; 5.8 System implementation; Index


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