Linkage Designs

Disney Prototyping System

Linkage Synthesis at Disney Research Zurich

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Researchers at Disney Research Zurich provide yet an other design…
Demining Training Aids

3D Printed Demining Training Aids

Training people to diffuse landmines and other live ordnance…
Eightbar Motion Amplifier

Eight-bar motion amplifier

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Kaustubh Sonawale and Yang Liu worked together on this design…
Rectilinear Suspension

Rectilinear eight-bar suspension

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This is a design concept for a rectilinear eight-bar suspension.…
Rectilinear Eight-bar

Rectilinear eight-bar linkage

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This animation was prepared by Yang Liu for a linkage designed…
Rectilinear Link

Six-bar linkage with rectilinear moving link

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This is an animation of a Watt I six-bar linkage with a translating…
Mechanical Characters

Mechanical characters

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Disney Research guides two degree-of-freedom open chains using…
Ballistic Function

Mechanization of the ballistic function

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This Stephenson III six-bar linkage sets the elevation of…
Retractable Handle

Retractable handle

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This six-bar linkage was developed at the request of a designer…
Tensegrity Linkage

Tensegrity Linkage

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This is a design concept that uses tensegrity beam elements…
Kempe Linkages

Translational Linkages from Kempe

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These linkages guide a platform in straight-line translation.…
Kassim Car Door

An RSSR-TS Car Door Linkage

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Kassim Abdul-Sater provides this CATIA animation of a spatial…
Spherical Car Door Linkage

Spherical Watt I six-bar up close

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This view shows the operation of the spherical Watt I six-bar…
Spherical Car Door

Spherical Watt I six-bar linkage

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The movement of this car door is guided by a spherical Watt I…
Six-bar Function Generator

Stephenson II six-bar linkage function generator

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Mark Plecnik designed this Stephenson II function generator by…
Plecnik Art

Mark Plecnik's Art Project

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Mark Plecnik designed this system to illustrate the movement…
Wheel Barrow Linkage

Cameron Turner's Wheelbarrow Linkage

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Cameron Turner designed a four-bar and a six-bar linkage to assist…
Aileron Linkage

Colin Sledge's Aileron Linkage

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Colin Sledge designed this linkage to guide an airfoil section…
Monitor Deployment

Brendan Smith's Monitor Linkage

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Brendan Smith designed this six-bar linkage to guide a big-screen…
Spoiler Linkage

Adam Shutt's Automotive Spoiler Linkage

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Adam Shutt designed this six-bar linkage to guide the movement…

Linkage Design Concepts

Jessica Koa designed the flower with petals actuated by six-bar linages.

Link Yun’s flower with six-bar linkages moving the petals.

Benjamin Liu’s Terrarium uses six-bar linkages to open the glass sides.

DJ Fuller’s Jack-o’Lantern uses six-bar linkages to open the segments.

Jessica Kao developed this sofa bed that opens using a six-bar linkage.

Ling Yun used our sofa beg linkage to display a gift.

Design Innovation

Student designs of six-bar linkages

Andrew Brouwer’s six-bar linkage to guide the petals.

Kamil Samaan designed this six-bar linkage.

Bojun Lin’s six-bar linkage guiding the pedals of a flower.

Colin Sledge’s six-bar flower.

Frank Liu’s six-bar flower.

Cameron Turner’s six-bar linkage flower.

Adam Shutt designed this six-bar to guide the opening of the petals of a flower.

Mohamed Ali designed this six-bar to guide the wings of this butterfly.

Tim Rasmussen designed this six-bar linkage to guide the petals of this flower.

Hsuan-chen Wan used MechGen 3 to design a six-bar linkage to guide the petals of the flower.

Student designs of four-bar linkages


Hsuan-chen Wan’s animation of a four-bar linkage that moves the petals of a flower.


Cameron Turner’s design of a flower that moves with a four-bar linkage.


Mohamed Ali’s four-bar linkage for the flower.


Scott Bougie’s animation of his flower design.


Frank Liu’s four-bar linkage design for the petal movement.


Yang Liu’s four-bar linkage flower.


Kamal Samaan’s design of the four-bar linkage driven flower.


The flower designed by Colin Sledge.


This is Andrew Brouwer’s design for the flower.


Adan Amarillas designed this linkage.


Brandon Creager animated a spiral opening for the flower.


Adam Shutts designed this linkage to open the petals.


Bojun Lin designed this flower linkage.


Kelly Lin designed this linkage.


Tim Rasmussen designed the linkage to open and close the flower petals.


This is the four-bar linkage designed by Ryan Kuehne.


Siqi Shi designed this four-bar linkage flower.


Tianming Cheng designed this four-bar linkage flower.


Brendan Smith uses the movement of the petal linkage for a different application.