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Month: January, 2012

Rice Transplanter

15 January, 2012 (05:34) | Linkage Animations, Student Projects | By: Prof. McCarthy

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This rice transplanter selects seedlings from the hopper and plants them into the ground using a four-bar linkage designed by Mark Plecnik.

5SS Spatial Steering Linkage

14 January, 2012 (23:34) | Linkage Animations, Student Projects | By: Prof. McCarthy

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Mark Plecnik designed this spatial 5SS steering linkage to increase the track and increase the camber as the vehicle turns.

Mechanism Generator 2.0 (MechGen 2)

6 January, 2012 (07:46) | Engineering Data, Linkage Animations | By: Prof. McCarthy

We have a trial version of our Mechanism Generator 2.0 software available. MechGen 2 reads five task positions of a moving part in SolidWorks and generates a set of linkages that approximate the positions within specified tolerances. An animation previewer shows how each linkage moves. Select one and MechGen 2 generates the solid model of the linkage.

This video demonstrates the operation of MechGen 2:
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This is the result of excellent work by Alex Arredondo and Kaustubh Sonawale.

2011 UCI Fall Design Review

5 January, 2012 (07:55) | Student Projects | By: Prof. McCarthy

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400 seniors in majors across UCI’s Henry Samueli School of Engineering presented posters describing over 70 senior projects. Over 140 volunteers from Engineering student clubs set-up, cooked, served, and cleaned-up the BBQ in UCI’s Engineering Plaza.