This linkage to lift the lower rack in a dishwasher was developed by Marshall Meek in my advanced mechanisms course (UCI Robotics and Automation Lab) It is accessible on YouTube:
Here is a link to a facebook album showing the racecars and teams at the 2009 Formula SAE California intercollegiate engineering racecar competition that occurred June 17-21, 2009 at the Auto Club Raceway, Fontana CA.
Michael Ashby presents materials information in a practical format in his book Materials Selection in Mechanical Design.
This is a link to lecture notes that give an idea of his approach:
This 10-bar linkage is designed to drive a scissors movement in order to actuate a deployable structure. It was presented at the 2009 ReMar Conference in London. (UCI Robotics and Automation Lab)
ThomasNet provides a link to a useful white paper on Timing Belt Theory by Gates-Mectrol:
Geometric data on timing belt drives can found in the catalog linked to Gates-Mectrol home page:
Gear geometry data is available from PIC Design Inc. which is now part of RBC Bearings at the link:
Stock Drive Products provides an on-line Handbook of Gears at the website:
The Gleason Gear has a lot of useful information:
The American Gear Manufacturers Association provides standards for sale on-line at the site:
Prof. David Alciatore has a large number of videos illustrating machines, physics principles and billiards, including high speed videos. Video demonstrations of mechanisms can be found at the following site as well as links to much more:
This assembly of spherical rhombus linkages expands to enclose a volume. It was designed by Jerome Choe to explore the construction of complex articulated systems. (UCI Robotics and Automation Lab)
Fred Klingener has generated a number of interesting mechanism animations. My favorite is the Peaucellier straight line mechanism. You will find a table of 16 or so animations at his site: