chapter  4
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Interactive Computer-Aided Fixture Design

Facing a continuously increasing competition from all quarters of the globe, manufacturing industries are undergoing a critical transition from traditional methods to advanced manufacturing technologies, many of which are com­ puter based (Hess, 1992). In order to increase competitiveness, manufactur­ ers are seeking to improve product quality, to lower costs of production, and to increase the speed with which innovative products can be brought to the market.