This paper presents a framework for supporting virtual prototyping related activities in the domain of printed circuit board (PCB) assembly. The focus of discussion is restricted to Surface Mount Technology (SMT) based processes only. In general, Virtual Prototyping enables the conceptualization, evaluation and validation of proposed ideas, plans and solutions. Using a virtual prototyping framework, cross functional evaluation and analysis can be facilitated where designers, manufacturing engineers, testing and other life-cycle team members can communicate effectively as well as identify and eliminate problems, which may arise later in the downstream manufacturing and testing activities.

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