Waldron Celebration

Waldron Fest: May 16-17, 2013

Waldron Inspires

Waldron Inspires

This poster was prepared as a gift to Ken Waldron on his 70th birthday and given to him at a conference organized in his honor. Anuj Taneja generated the SolidWorks model in 2006 from the original drawings of the Adaptive Suspension Vehicle. I recently found the electronic files and Kaustubh Sonawale generated the four-view drawing. The ASV is an important feat of engineering and the stories shared by those who worked on it were wonderful.

Introduction to Theoretical Kinematics

Introduction to Theoretical Kinematics

Introduction to Theoretical Kinematics


Introduction to Theoretical Kinematics

My 1990 book is now on-line as an iBook. It is available as of March 31, 2013. This 2013 version has corrections to errors and language, and includes a glossary and animations of various linkage systems. I hope you like it.

You can see it at the link: Introduction to Theoretical Kinematics.

Adjustable Gripper

Six-bar gripper with fine adjustment

This is a robotic gripper designed by Andrea Carli and Kaustubh Sonawale. It uses a six-bar linkage for the primary movement and a slider adjustment to provide a gripping fine movement.

Workshop Schedule: 21st Century Kinematics

21st Century Kinematics: Workshop Schedule

Here is the schedule for the IDETC/NSF Workshop on 21st Century Kinematics:

Workshop Schedule: 21st Century Kinematics

Workshop Schedule: 21st Century Kinematics

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Workshop on 21st Century Kinematics: The Book

Cover 21st Century Kinematics

Cover 21st Century Kinematics

The presenters for the 2012 IDETC/NSF Workshop on 21st Century Kinematics, August 11-12, 2012, Chicago, Il, have gathered background information into this book published by Springer. It is a guided compilation of work by the presenters found in their recent papers and books. We are grateful to ASME, IJRR, Robotica and Springer for the permission to reprint these excerpts.

Grant Poster

MechGen Poster for NSF

Mech Gen Poster for NSF

This is the poster describing MechGen that Kaustubh and Mark prepared for the NSF CMMI Conference in Boston, MA. It was very well received.

Wikipedia Logo

Machines on Wikipedia

I have spent quite a bit of time revising articles on machines in Wikipedia. I hope my contributions are an improvement.

When I started there was a lot of controversy over the definition of Machine, which forced me to introduce Machine (mechanical) and Mechanical system. This has changed and there is movement to move the definitions under a revised version of Machine.

Please take a look:

Anyone may edit Wikipedia, and it is intended to allow user communities to maintain the quality of particular sets articles. It is important that we take this opportunity because Wikipedia is an important resource to our students.

Geometric Design of Linkages book

Geometric Design of Linkages, second edition

Geometric Design of Linkages, second edition

Geometric Design of Linkages, second edition

I am pleased to say that the second edition of my book, Geometric Design of Linkages, is now available, and I have to express my sincere gratitude to my co-author GimSong Soh, who helped make it happen.

You can find more information at the Springer Verlag web-page, GDL on Springer.com.

It is also already on Google Books, you can see it at the link GDL on books.google.com.

21st Century Kinematics

21st Century Kinematics

This is a draft of my editorial on 21st Century Kinematics for the Journal of Mechanisms and Robotics. It is a follow-up to my previous editorial on Kinematics, Polynomials and Computers. I would welcome your feedback.

Kinematics and Computers

Kinematics, Polynomials and Computers–A Brief History

Select this link to the .pdf of Kinematics, Polynomials, and Computers–A Brief History, which is a summary of the history of the kinematics of mechanisms and robotics with a focus on the challenge of solving the polynomial equations that arise in their study.  It is a draft of my February 2011 editorial for the ASME Journal of Mechanisms and Robotics.
***Update*** This version has a correction to references [29] and [30].