Animations of linkage movement.

Shelf Deploy

Six-bar Shelf Linkage

This six-bar linkage is designed to move a shelf from a position down and forward to a stowed position up and away.

Monitor Linkage

Monitor Six-bar Linkage

This video shows our latest model for the six-bar linkage that deploys and stows a television monitor.  This was designed and built by Eddie Lee, Peter Lim, Khemara Tep and Kevin Hung.

This is a SolidWorks animation of this six-bar linkage:

This is a video of the prototype:

Mechanism Generator

SolidWorks Mechanism Generator

Mechanism Generator

Mechanism Generator is a SolidWorks add-in that assists in generating solid models of four-bar and six-bar linkages. It designed to be used in coordination with our Mathematica design software, which is freely available.

Monitory Deploy

TV deployment linkage

Mikhail Zhuk generated this animation of Jerome Choe’s concept for a six-bar linkage that rotates a 70in TV monitor down from the ceiling around a virtual pivot positioned down from the ceiling and in front of the wall. We hope to build a physical prototype. (UCI Robotics and Automation Lab)

Deployable Arch

Deployable archway

This animation of Jerome Choe’s concept for a spherical archway was generated by Mikhail Zhuk. Spherical rhombus elements form a foldable structure. (UCI Robotics and Automation Lab)

Shelter Deployment

Stackable fold-up emergency shelter

Mikhail Zhuk animated this design concept for an eight-bar linkage to deploy a collapsible emergency structure. A physical prototype is under development. (UCI Robotics and Automation Lab)

Jansen and Klann Legs

Comparison of Klann and Jansen leg linkages

Joseph Klann provides a useful comparison of the leg designs for his Mondo Spider and Theo Jansen’s Strandbeest at the link:

This link may be unreliable so here is an interesting article comparing the leg designs:  Mechanical Spider Using Klann Mechanism

This is a youtube video prepared by William Thielicke that illustrates the two leg mechanisms.

RV Linkage

Linkage for an RV deployable top

This design concept is an 8-bar linkage developed by Minshan Tsai and GimSong Soh for my advanced mechanisms class lifts the top of a recreational vehicle to create a second story, UCI Robotics and Automation Lab. It is on YouTube:
Dishwasher Linkage

Dishwasher linkage

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:

Ten-bar Drive

10-bar drive linkage

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)