A haptics-based virtual environment for engineering design and manufacturing applications

Cartik Sharma, T. Kesavadas

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Abstract

Haptic technology is revolutionizing the way engineers interact with computers. Haptics allow people to directly interact with digital objects and data as they do in the real world using their sense of touch. Hitherto, designers and artists have used haptics to intuitively sculpt models using digital clay and doctors have trained on haptics based virtual surgical simulators Most applications however merely seek to make up for the lack of sense of touch and its effects. The following paper investigates the application of the haptics loop using decision support activities in core engineering areas like design optimization and shop floor lay out. An architecture combining large-scale visualization environment with haptics is proposed. The interaction of multiple loops running an application and the procedural advantages and difficulties faced are addressed. Finally, the Virtual Factory environment (VFACT) is used as a test-bed to validate the efficacy of haptics for facility design and layout. A prototype using haptics for intuitive exploration of the design space for single row machine layout problem is implemented.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages359-365
Number of pages7
StatePublished - Dec 1 2001
Externally publishedYes
EventProceedings of the 2001 ASME Design Engineering Technical Conference and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference - Pittsburgh, PA, United States
Duration: Sep 9 2001Sep 12 2001

Other

OtherProceedings of the 2001 ASME Design Engineering Technical Conference and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference
CountryUnited States
CityPittsburgh, PA
Period9/9/019/12/01

Keywords

  • Decision Support
  • Design Optimization
  • Haptic
  • Virtual Reality

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Modeling and Simulation
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Computer Graphics and Computer-Aided Design

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    Sharma, C., & Kesavadas, T. (2001). A haptics-based virtual environment for engineering design and manufacturing applications. 359-365. Paper presented at Proceedings of the 2001 ASME Design Engineering Technical Conference and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference, Pittsburgh, PA, United States.