VIRTUAL PROTOTYPING OF POSITIONING AND MEASUREMENT SYSTEMS FOR HIGHEST PRECISION APPLICATIONS
The paper presents concepts for a computer-based design of positioning and measuring ma-chines as virtual prototypes to support a phase-overlapping multi-stage design. The basic con-cept is the modularisation at all levels of abstraction during the design process. For a consis-tent description of the virtual prototypes a constraint-based and catalogue oriented method is used. The modelling follows the described four-stage process of synthesis. It is thus possible even at the initial planning stage to make important decisions on the possible optimum design.