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Month: August, 2009

Prototype spherical archway

11 August, 2009 (02:42) | Linkage Animations, Student Projects | By: Prof. McCarthy

Smitty constructed this prototype of our spherical deployable structure. It is an assembly of spherical rhombus linkages that expands to form a semi-circular structure.
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Six-bar linkage prototypes

11 August, 2009 (02:36) | Linkage Animations, Student Projects | By: Prof. McCarthy

Here are two videos of our first attempt to build prototypes for some of our six-bar linkage design concepts. These models were built by Steve and Justin with guidance from Smitty.

This is the six-bar linkage that guides a bottom drawer to a position that is level with the top drawer. The links were cut from aluminum and are wobbly.
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This six-bar linkage deploys a television display from a horizontal position in the ceiling to a vertical position for viewing. The links are welded steel tube, and the system moves more smoothly.
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