Animations of linkage movement.

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:
http://www.mechanicalspider.com/comparison.html

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:

http://mechanicaldesign101.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/04/rv-overhead.mov
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)

Spherical Deployment

Spherical deployable linkage assembly

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)

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Brock Engineering’s mechanism home page

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:

http://www.brockeng.com/mechanism/index.htm

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