VR-based simulation has been applied to a wide range of
industrial applications. The rapid development of
networking and Internetworked 3D graphics techniques
has already begun to foster the distributed VR-based
simulation system. The WWW as the delivery
mechanism has made the VR-based simulator widely
available and affordable. In this paper, we propose a
cost-effective approach to create distributed VR-based
simulation systems for manufacturing applications.
Using this approach, three VRML manufacturing
simulators machining, process flow, factory layout, are
described in detail. The current challenges of a
distributed VR-based simulator are also discussed.