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Systematic Process for Constructing Spherical Four-Bar Mechanisms

[+] Author Affiliations
Michael L. Turner, David A. Perkins, Andrew P. Murray

University of Dayton

Pierre M. Larochelle

Florida Institute of Technology

Paper No. IMECE2005-80058, pp. 299-305; 7 pages
  • ASME 2005 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition
  • Design Engineering, Parts A and B
  • Orlando, Florida, USA, November 5 – 11, 2005
  • Conference Sponsors: Design Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 0-7918-4215-0 | eISBN: 0-7918-3769-6
  • Copyright © 2005 by ASME


This paper presents a methodology for constructing spherical four-bar mechanisms with an emphasis on utilizing simpler machining processes and part geometries. By building each link out of easily created pieces instead of a single complex shape, a mechanism can be quickly prototyped and tested. The paper discusses the benefits and some of the issues that need to be addressed by this approach. Significant areas of concern include link design and tolerancing issues.

Copyright © 2005 by ASME
Topics: Mechanisms



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