Automotive components

Chris Longhurst has assembled a number of descriptive articles and illustrations about automotive engines, transmissions, steering, suspensions, brakes and tires on his site

Automotive information

Automotive information

Also information about roller coaster simulation software can be found on his personal website

TV deployment linkage

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)

Cam-driven artist mechanical toy

This video shows the operation of a cam-driven toy artist.

I found it on Dug North’s Automata/Automaton blog,

My class notes on cam-follower systems can be downloaded at the link:

Lecture notes on cam-follower systems

Lecture notes on cam-follower systems

Linkage models at TU-Delft

Prof. A. J. Klein Breteler maintains an array of mechanism models at TU-Delft. Access videos of these models at the site:  Linkage Models

Whiteboard models TU-Delft

Linkage models TU-Delft

Parallel Mechanisms information center

Ilian Bonev maintains bibliography and patent databases on parallel mechanisms and much more at ParallelMIC. Access it at the link

Parallel Mechanisms information center

Parallel Mechanisms information center

Kinetic horse sculpture

This articulated model horse is by the artist James Watt.

A kit for this device and other designs can be found on his web-site:

Deployable archway

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)

Collegiate Formula racing around the world

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

Stackable fold-up emergency shelter

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)

Elementary Robotics

The basic properties of robots can developed by studying planar serial chains. Select this link for my notes on elementary robotics:

Elementary Robotics

Elementary Robotics