Ganson Sculpture

Kinetic Sculptures by Arthur Ganson

This is a video montage of kinetic sculptures by Arthur Ganson…
Monitor Deployment

Brendan Smith's Monitor Linkage

Brendan Smith designed this six-bar linkage to guide a big-screen…
OSU Mechanism

Shape-morphing linkages

This is an example of a shape-morphing linkage resulting from…
Design Thinking

The d.School and Design Thinking

In this Freudenstein Memorial Lecture, Bernard Roth presents…
MillenWorks Light Utility Vehicle

MillenWorks to show LUV at 2011 Energy Invitational

MillenWorks will show their LUV (Light Utility Vehicle) at…
Toyota 2010 Fuel Cell Hybrid Vehicle

Toyota to show two vehicles at 2011 Energy Invitational

Toyota will demonstrate their Advanced Fuel Cell Hybrid Vehicle…
Horse Scupture

Kinetic Sculpture: Bucephale

This video shows a kinetic sculpture of a horse by the artist…
Peugeot 407 convertible

Peugeot 407 Convertible Hard Top

  This is a video on Yahoo! that shows the movement of…
Jensen Site

Theo Jansen's site

My link to a video of Theo Jansen's walking machines seems unreliable,…
Mechanism Generator

SolidWorks Mechanism Generator

Mechanism Generator is a SolidWorks add-in that assists in…

Prototype spherical archway

Smitty constructed this prototype of our spherical deployable…
Drawer Deploy

Six-bar linkage prototypes

Here are two videos of our first attempt to build prototypes…
Kinetic Horse

Kinetic horse sculpture

This articulated model horse is by the artist James Watt. A…
Koenigsegg Door

Koenigsegg door system

The doors of the Koenigsegg CCX open using the "dihedral synchro-helix…
Mondo Spider

Mondo Spider walking machine

This walking machine known as the Mondo Spider.  The…
Jansen Strandbeest

Theo Jansen's walking machine

Theo Jansen builds amazing walking machines. Each leg is an…
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 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.


Superluminal Chapters 1-2

Superluminal, the new book by R. W. Frost, follows David Minor’s experiences with MitsukoTek Corporation’s troublesome Satellite 9.  It is the year 2035 and a new technology has swept the globe…

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Superluminal Chapter 1-2
Type synthesis

Type Synthesis

These lecture notes introduce students to research on classifying linkage systems which involves a variety of ideas such as Assur groups, Baranov trusses, and Rigidity theory.  Organizing the increasing complexity of machine systems to guide inventors has attracted researchers for literally generations and has generally been called “Type synthesis.”  The goal is to provide a systematic way to explore the types of linkage systems that are available to address a design need.

Type Synthesis
Flapping Wing Prototype

Flapping Wing Prototype

This is the manufacturing prototype for the flapping wing mechanism designed by Peter Wang and modeled by Benjamin Liu. The wing is 5cm in length to match the dimensions of a hummingbird.

Here is a link to the video for our Chinese colleagues: Flapping Wing Prototype.

Youku Flapping Wing

Youku Flapping Wing