Fixtures are important components in manufacturing systems. Fixturing changes because of manufacturing changing from mass production to production in smaller batches and higher variety of products. Computer-aided fixture design (CAFD) systems automate the process of fixture design and verification. Research work has mainly concentrated either on automating the CAFD process or on making it user-friendly and interactive. However a final fixturing scheme may not be optimal because different users may need fixtures to meet different requirements, this paper proposes a conceptual module for the fixture validation to compare, test and analyze various combinations of fixturing elements. A fixture validation model is developed using a virtual reality (VR) system to support the idea presented in this paper.

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