Linkage Patents

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Folding Bicycle

Full Size Folding Bicycle

Michael Sutherland and his team at Zennen Engineering designed…
Micro-Linkages for a Compliant Material

Micro-Linkages for a Compliant Material

Lucas Shaw and Prof. Jonathan Hopkins show the micro-architecture…
Target Profiles for Morphing Linkage

Actuating Morphing Linkages

Lawrence Funke and Prof. James Schmiedeler of the University…
Virgo 2 SUTD

Rolling Robot at SUTD

Virgo 2 SUTD A research team including Profs. GimSong Soh,…
Tensegrity Robotics at UC Berkeley

Tensegrity Robotics at UC Berkeley

Students in Professor Alice Agogino’s Berkeley Emergent Space…
Origami Art at BYU

Origami Art at BYU

Mechanical engineering students in Prof. Larry Howell’s Compliant…
Fourbar Extrusion

A four-bar linkage provides a shape changing extrusion die

Fourbar Extrusion Prof. Andrew Murray and his team at the…
MK1 Schematic

MK.1 Mechanical Computer

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Bernie Roth

Bernard Roth: The Achievement Habit

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RaceLabTV wants to follow FSAE Teams

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Truman Studio

Wheelchair Seating and Racecar Engineering

Truman Pollard's wheelchair seat design which repurposes…
Leg Mechanisms

Walking Machines

Leg Mechanisms An outcome of Mark Plecnik's research on the…

MechGen Suspension

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MechGen on iPhone

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Eight-bar Port Closure Tool

Eight-bar Port Closure Tool

This port closure tool curls back on itself to provide internal…
Long travel suspensions

Long-travel six-bar vehicle suspension

Long travel suspensions Mark Plecnik has applied his research…

JPL’s ATHLETE Rover Walks, Rolls, and Slides

The ATHLETE Rover is a mixture of a wheeled rover and a walking…
Linkage Design for Wing Flapping

Linkage Design for Wing Flapping

Mark Plecnik shows that six-bar function generators can be used…
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.