Reasoning on the Location of Components for Assembly Packaging

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J. J. Kim

T. J. Watson Research Center, Interactive Geometric Modeling, IBM Research Division, Yorktown, NY 10598

D. C. Gossard

Computer-Aided Design Laboratory, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA 02139

J. Mech. Des 113(4), 402-407 (Dec 01, 1991) (6 pages) doi:10.1115/1.2912796 History: Received May 01, 1990; Online June 02, 2008


The process of locating components in an available space while satisfying spatial relationships among the components is called packaging. The task requires extensive spatial reasoning about geometric shapes. It is a generic design task common to many domains. It is also very time-consuming, especially as machines become more compact and complex. This paper describes progress toward automation of the packaging problem. An approach is proposed to determine the optimal locations of components in an assembly from spatial relationships between the components. The approach utilizes a novel combination of optimization and solid modeling techniques.

Copyright © 1991 by The American Society of Mechanical Engineers
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