MillenWorks Light Utility Vehicle

MillenWorks to show LUV at 2011 Energy Invitational

MillenWorks Light Utility Vehicle

MillenWorks Light Utility Vehicle

MillenWorks will show their LUV (Light Utility Vehicle) at the the 2011 Energy Invitational at Willow Springs Motorsports Park on March 30, 2011. It has a unique all wheel drive parallel hybrid powertrain for reduced fuel consumption and silent watch capability with extensive on-board power.

Toyota 2010 Fuel Cell Hybrid Vehicle

Toyota to show two vehicles at 2011 Energy Invitational

Toyota 2010 Fuel Cell Hybrid Vehicle

Toyota 2010 Fuel Cell Hybrid Vehicle

Toyota will demonstrate their Advanced Fuel Cell Hybrid Vehicle at the Energy Invitational at Willow Springs on March 30, 2011.

They will also demonstrate their Prius Plug-in Hybrid.

Prius Plug-in Hybrid

Prius Plug-in Hybrid

Peugeot 407 convertible

Peugeot 407 Convertible Hard Top


This is a video on Yahoo! that shows the movement of the Convertible Hard Top of the Peugeot 407. The two side rails fold out from the back, and provide guides for the glass panels that move out to become the top.


Jensen Site

Theo Jansen’s site

My link to a video of Theo Jansen’s walking machines seems unreliable, so it is best to go directly to the source: Theo Jansens Strandbeest site

You can access his videos on the page: film

For example, this video is available:

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.


Prototype spherical archway

Smitty constructed this prototype of our spherical deployable structure. It is an assembly of spherical rhombus linkages that expands to form a semi-circular structure.

Drawer Deploy

Six-bar linkage prototypes

Here are two videos of our first attempt to build prototypes for some of our six-bar linkage design concepts. These models were built by Steve and Justin with guidance from Smitty.

This is the six-bar linkage that guides a bottom drawer to a position that is level with the top drawer. The links were cut from aluminum and are wobbly.

This six-bar linkage deploys a television display from a horizontal position in the ceiling to a vertical position for viewing. The links are welded steel tube, and the system moves more smoothly.

Kinetic Horse

Kinetic horse sculpture

This articulated model horse is by the artist James Watt.

A kit for this device and other designs can be found on his web-site:

Koenigsegg Door

Koenigsegg door system

The doors of the Koenigsegg CCX open using the “dihedral synchro-helix door actuation” system. You can see this movement on the video