We outline a procedure for implementing a virtual CNC lathe prototype using software for creating virtual environments. The prototype constructed focus on the lathe’s interlocking system (its functionality) and on its geometric model (its physical design). This project allowed us to identify the possibilities and limitations of applying current Virtual Reality technology for virtual prototyping of manufacturing machines, and evaluate the complexity associated to product prototyping in manufacturing or assembly. In additional, we suggest the possibility that this new approach can use for three areas: Training, Marketing/Sale and Product development.

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