The paper aims to present the processing pipeline of an assembly immersive simulation application which can manage the interaction between the virtual scene and user using stereoscopic display and haptic devices. A new set of elements are integrated in a Collaborative Virtual Environment (CVE) and validated using an approach based on subjective and objective users’ performance criteria. The developed application is intended for Assembly/Disassembly (A/D) analysis, planning and training.
A mobility module based on contact information is used to handle the assembly components’ movements through real-time management of collision detection and kinematically constraint guidance. Information on CVE architecture, modules and application configuration process are presented. Impact of device type (3 degrees of freedom (DoFs) vs 6 DoFs) over user’s experience is evaluated. Parameters (number of assembled components and components assembly time) are measured for each user and each haptic device, and results are compared and discussed.
Test results proved the efficiency of using a mobility module based on predefined kinematic constraints for reducing the complexity of collision detection algorithms in real-time assembly haptic simulations. Also, experiments showed that, generally, users performed better with 3 DoFs haptic device compared to 6 DoFs haptic equipment.
The proposed immersive application automates the kinematical joints inference from 3D computer-aided design (CAD) assembly models and integrates it within a haptic-based virtual environment, for increasing the efficiency of A/D process simulations.
The study was performed within the scope of the VisionAIR infrastructure project. VisionAIR was leaded by Grenoble-INP, France. This project is funded by the European Commission under Grant agreement 262.044. The research has been partially funded by the EU-RO InnoRESEARCH project under Contract POSDRU/159/1.5/S/132395.
Iacob, R., Popescu, D., Noel, F. and Masclet, C. (2017), "Implementation and evaluation of a model processing pipeline for assembly simulation", Assembly Automation, Vol. 37 No. 4, pp. 400-410. https://doi.org/10.1108/AA-11-2015-104Download as .RIS
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