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Design of a Novel Fixture for Part Referencing



Walter W. Nederbragt, Bahram Ravani


This paper presents a novel design for a practical tactilesensing mechanical fixture. The fixture consists of two tactilesensing surfaces, a cylindrical surface and a planar surface. A mathematical procedure is developed for constructing a reference frame using point-to-surface contact locations on the fixture and the geometry of the fixture. A numerical example is given to further illustrate the use of this approach. Finally, the design of the fixture is described and a picture of the laboratory demonstration unit is shown.
Proceedings Title
Proceedings of the 1998 ASME Design Engineering Technical Conferences
Conference Dates
September 13-16, 1998
Conference Location
Atlanta, GA, USA
Conference Title
Design Engineering Technical Conference Proceedings


cylindrical surface, mechanical fixture, novel design, tactilesensing


Nederbragt, W. and Ravani, B. (1998), Design of a Novel Fixture for Part Referencing, Proceedings of the 1998 ASME Design Engineering Technical Conferences, Atlanta, GA, USA, [online], (Accessed June 12, 2024)


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