DESIGN INNOVATION

Fourbar Extrusion

A four-bar linkage provides a shape changing extrusion die

Prof. Andrew Murray and his team at the Design of Innovative…
MK1 Schematic

MK.1 Mechanical Computer

Nicholas Bodley sent me to www.maritime.org for information about…
Bernie Roth

Bernard Roth: The Achievement Habit

I found this book to be remarkable. First, because the initial…
RaceLabTV

RaceLab.tv wants to follow FSAE Teams

Ian Campbell and Jerry Magana are a director/producer team…
Truman Studio

Wheelchair Seating and Racecar Engineering

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Truman Pollard's wheelchair seat design which repurposes…
Leg Mechanisms

Walking Machines

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An outcome of Mark Plecnik's research on the kinematic synthesis…
MechGenSP

MechGen Suspension

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MechGen Suspension is our latest iPad app. It is an ambitious…
MechGen on iPhone

MechGen FG is on the iPhone

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MechGen FG is now on the iPhone, thanks to the excellent…
Port Closure

Eight-bar Port Closure Tool

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This port closure tool curls back on itself to provide internal…
Long travel suspensions

Long-travel six-bar vehicle suspension

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Mark Plecnik has applied his research on the design of six-bar…
Athlete-Rover-Nasa

JPL's ATHLETE Rover Walks, Rolls, and Slides

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The ATHLETE Rover is a mixture of a wheeled rover and a walking…
Mechanical Flapping Wing

Linkage Design for Wing Flapping

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Mark Plecnik shows that six-bar function generators can be used…
Disney Prototyping System

Linkage Synthesis at Disney Research Zurich

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Researchers at Disney Research Zurich provide yet an other design…
lamina-emergent-mechanisms

Lamina Emergent Mechanisms

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BYU Professor Larry Howell studies lamina emergent mechanisms,…
DNA origami mechanisms, Advances in Reconfigurable Mechanisms and Robots, Springer 2012

DNA Origami Mechanisms and Machines

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Professors Carlos Castro and Haijun Su have developed what…
screenshot

MechGen FG App Makes Design Calculations Easy

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The MechGen iPad App helps you design a link that connects an…
Shape Changing Linkage

Shape Changing Mechanisms Solve Design Problems

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A design problem that engineers frequently encounter is a curve…
Demining Training Aids

3D Printed Demining Training Aids

Training people to diffuse landmines and other live ordnance…
springactive-spark

Wearable Robotics Put Spring in Your Step

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Wearable electronics or “wearables” are seen as the next…
Waldron Celebration

Waldron Fest: May 16-17, 2013

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This poster was prepared as a gift to Ken Waldron on his…
21st Century Kinematics

21st Century Kinematics

The NSF Workshop on 21st Century Kinematics at the 2012 ASME IDETC Conference in Chicago, IL on August 11-12, 2012 consisted of a series of presentations and a book of supporting material prepared by the workshop contributors.

The book is now available at amazon.com: 21st Century Kinematics–The 2012 NSF Workshop.

And here are the seven primary presentations given at the workshop.

  1. Computer-Aided Invention of Mechanisms and Robots. J. Michael McCarthy, Professor, University of California, Irvine.
  2. Mechanism Synthesis for Modeling Human Movement. Vincenzo Parenti-Castelli, Professor, University of Bologna.
  3. Algebraic Geometry and Kinematic Synthesis. Manfred Husty, Professor, University of Innsbruck.
  4. Kinematic Synthesis of Compliant Mechanisms. Larry Howell, Professor, Brigham Young University.
  5. Kinematics and Numerical Algebraic Geometry. Charles Wampler, Technical Fellow, General Motors Research and Development.
  6. Kinematic Analysis of Cable Robotic Systems. Vijay Kumar, Professor, University of Pennsylvania.
  7. Protein Kinematics. Kazem Kazerounian, Professor, University of Connecticut.

Colleagues joined in with two additional presentations:

Many thanks to the contributors and the attendees for an outstanding workshop.

Update: The presentation links have been fixed.

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Superluminal Chapter 4

David finds that surpassing Siggy and Kwan to get to Satellite 9 may have benefits he did not expect. 

 

 

Superluminal Chapter 4
Chapter 1 Busted

Superluminal Chapter 3

More of R. W. Frost’s story following David Minor’s uneasy relationship with MitsukoTek Corporation as he is drawn into helping their wayward Satellite 9.

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Hummingbird Spatial Six-bar

Hummingbird Spatial Six-bar Linkage

This spatial six-bar linkage provides a compact flapping wing mechanism for a hovering micro air vehicle that controls both swing and pitch movements.  It is the result of a collaboration between Benjamin Liu and Peter Wang.

 

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