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An Automated Approach for Assembling Modular Fixtures Using SolidWorks

Authors: Majid Tolouei-Rad, Uday Hameed Farhan, Simona O'Brien


Modular fixtures (MFs) are very important tools in manufacturing processes in terms of reduction the cost and the production time. This paper introduces an automated approach for assembling MFs elements by employing SolidWorks as a powerful 3D CAD software. Visual Basic (VB) programming language was applied integrating with SolidWorks API (Application programming interface) functions. This integration allowed creating plug-in file and generating new menus in the SolidWorks environment. The menus allow the user to select, insert, and assemble MFs elements.

Keywords: SolidWorks, assembly automation, Visual Basic, modular fixtures

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