Configuration space visualization methods are presented with the purpose of elucidating qualitative contact information. The research challenge is to relate the configuration space geometry to the mechanical function of the parts. The efficacy of the methods is demonstrated on two small, but realistic, design examples. The examples show that standard visualization techniques suffice for some design tasks, while other tasks require novel capabilities.
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Sacks is supported by NSF grants CCR-9617600 and CCR-9505745 and by the Purdue Center for Computational Image Analysis and Scientific Visualization. Joskowicz is supported by a grant from the Authority for Research and Development, the Hebrew University, and by a Guastalla Faculty Fellowship, Israel. Sacks and Joskowicz are supported by a Ford University Research Grant, the Ford ADAPT200 project, and by grant 98/536 from the Israeli Academy of Science. Pisula was supported by NSF grant CCR-9505745. A preliminary version of this article appeared in Visualization 98.6