Functional assembly using synaptic networks: Theory and a demonstration case study

Georgios Mavrikas, Vasilios Spitas, Christos Spitas

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This paper proposes a methodology for the functional assembly of parts by creating synaptic networks between parts. Each synapsis contains both relative placement of part surfaces and features as well as the geometric tolerances that govern the functionality of the obtained part configuration. A case study is reported, where this method is seen in action and its merits are shown. The proposed method offers an integrated and concise approach to functional assembly modelling, by combining geometric placement of parts and tolerancing, which are normally treated separately by current CAD systems, with tolerances treated effectively as mere annotations, and largely neglected by current design theories.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)163-172
Number of pages10
JournalUnknown Journal
Issue numberDS 80-06
Publication statusPublished - 2015


  • Design methods
  • Functional assembly
  • Functional modelling
  • Synaptic networks
  • Tolerance representation and management

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Engineering (miscellaneous)
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering
  • Modelling and Simulation

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