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Month: July, 2009

Automotive components

29 July, 2009 (05:08) | Automotive Information | By: Prof. McCarthy

Chris Longhurst has assembled a number of descriptive articles and illustrations about automotive engines, transmissions, steering, suspensions, brakes and tires on his site http://www.carbibles.com

Automotive information

Automotive information

Also information about roller coaster simulation software can be found on his personal website http://www.chris-longhurst.com/nolimits.html.

TV deployment linkage

26 July, 2009 (05:04) | Linkage Animations | By: Prof. McCarthy

Mikhail Zhuk generated this animation of Jerome Choe’s concept for a six-bar linkage that rotates a 70in TV monitor down from the ceiling around a virtual pivot positioned down from the ceiling and in front of the wall. We hope to build a physical prototype. (UCI Robotics and Automation Lab)
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Cam-driven artist mechanical toy

26 July, 2009 (00:35) | Lecture Notes | By: Prof. McCarthy

This video shows the operation of a cam-driven toy artist.
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I found it on Dug North’s Automata/Automaton blog, http://dugnorth.com/blog/

My class notes on cam-follower systems can be downloaded at the link: http://synthetica.eng.uci.edu/~mccarthy/mechanicaldesign101/McCarthyNotes-Cams2.pdf

Lecture notes on cam-follower systems

Lecture notes on cam-follower systems

Whiteboard linkage models

20 July, 2009 (17:08) | Linkage Animations | By: Prof. McCarthy

Prof. A. J. Klein Breteler maintains an array of mechanism models at TU-Delft. Access videos of these models at the site: http://wbmttt.tudelft.nl/cadom/Models/Index.htm

Whiteboard models TU-Delft

Whiteboard models TU-Delft

Parallel Mechanisms information center

19 July, 2009 (17:54) | Engineering Data, Robotics Information | By: Prof. McCarthy

Ilian Bonev maintains bibliography and patent databases on parallel mechanisms and much more at ParallelMIC. Access it at the link http://www.parallemic.org/

Parallel Mechanisms information center

Parallel Mechanisms information center

Kinetic horse sculpture

19 July, 2009 (06:23) | Linkage Animations | By: Prof. McCarthy

This articulated model horse is by the artist James Watt.
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A kit for this device and other designs can be found on his web-site: http://clockworkrobot.com/

Deployable archway

19 July, 2009 (02:28) | Linkage Animations | By: Prof. McCarthy

This animation of Jerome Choe’s concept for a spherical archway was generated by Mikhail Zhuk. Spherical rhombus elements form a foldable structure. (UCI Robotics and Automation Lab)
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Collegiate Formula racing around the world

17 July, 2009 (19:00) | Automotive Information, Student Projects | By: Prof. McCarthy

Mathias Kastens maintains a site that closely tracks student formula teams, design activities and competition details around the world. Access it at the link:
http://www.fstotal.com

Stackable fold-up emergency shelter

17 July, 2009 (04:38) | Linkage Animations | By: Prof. McCarthy

Mikhail Zhuk animated this design concept for an eight-bar linkage to deploy a collapsible emergency structure. A physical prototype is under development. (UCI Robotics and Automation Lab)
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Elementary Robotics

16 July, 2009 (04:07) | Lecture Notes, Robotics Information | By: Prof. McCarthy

The basic properties of robots can developed by studying planar serial chains. Select this link for my notes on elementary robotics:
http://synthetica.eng.uci.edu/~mccarthy/mechanicaldesign101/McCarthyNotes-5.pdf

Elementary Robotics

Elementary Robotics