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Title: Processor and method for developing a set of admissible fixture designs for a workpiece

A fixture process and method is provided for developing a complete set of all admissible fixture designs for a workpiece which prevents the workpiece from translating or rotating. The fixture processor generates the set of all admissible designs based on geometric access constraints and expected applied forces on the workpiece. For instance, the fixture processor may generate a set of admissible fixture designs for first, second and third locators placed in an array of holes on a fixture plate and a translating clamp attached to the fixture plate for contacting the workpiece. In another instance, a fixture vice is used in which first, second, third and fourth locators are used and first and second fixture jaws are tightened to secure the workpiece. The fixture process also ranks the set of admissible fixture designs according to a predetermined quality metric so that the optimal fixture design for the desired purpose may be identified from the set of all admissible fixture designs. 27 figs.
Inventors:
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Issue Date:
OSTI Identifier:
288015
Assignee:
SNL; SCA: 420200; PA: EDB-96:136376; SN: 96001636029
Patent Number(s):
US 5,546,314/A/
Application Number:
PAN: 8-466,112
Contract Number:
AC04-94AL85000
Resource Relation:
Other Information: PBD: 13 Aug 1996
Research Org:
Sandia Corporation
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
42 ENGINEERING NOT INCLUDED IN OTHER CATEGORIES; MATERIALS HANDLING EQUIPMENT; COMPUTER-AIDED DESIGN; MACHINE PARTS; FABRICATION; MATERIALS HANDLING; FASTENERS