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Background/Objectives: The main objective of this paper is dealt with the application of virtual reality in side clamp fixture assembly. Methods/Statistical Analysis: The proposed methodology utilized the geometry and assembly details of side clamp assembly and makes the fixture assembly as close as possible to the real one. It includes two stages. The first stage demonstrates the procedure used for creating virtual prototype of an assembly and the second stage includes the creation of virtual fixture assembly. Findings: VRML coding is used to simulate virtual assembly process. Based on interference analysis errors can be rectified. Fixture assembly planning in virtual environment gives better understanding of the design engineer and the virtual assembly planning gives clear detail for virtual manufacturing. It enables intuitive assembly sequences which are then evaluated by Vizard inspector module. Application/Improvement: In this paper fixture assembly sequences are simulated using VIZARD software. Future research will investigate the fixture assembly plan in a complex virtual manufacturing environment.


Computer Aided Fixture Design, Side Clamp Assembly, Virtual Assembly, Virtual Reality.