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Synthetica 2.0: Software for the Synthesis of Constrained Serial Chains

[+] Author Affiliations
Alba Perez, Hai-Jun Su, J. Michael McCarthy

University of California at Irvine, Irvine, CA

Paper No. DETC2004-57524, pp. 1363-1369; 7 pages
  • ASME 2004 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference
  • Volume 2: 28th Biennial Mechanisms and Robotics Conference, Parts A and B
  • Salt Lake City, Utah, USA, September 28–October 2, 2004
  • Conference Sponsors: Design Engineering Division and Computers and Information in Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 0-7918-4695-4 | eISBN: 0-7918-3742-4
  • Copyright © 2004 by ASME


A spatial linkage is defined by a workpiece supported by one or more serial chains. We say that the spatial linkage can perform a given task when this task belongs to its workspace. A task can be specified as a discrete set of positions or as a set of curves or surfaces. Spatial serial chains can be synthesized to perform specified tasks, and combined to form more complicated linkages. Recently we developed Synthetica 1.0, a Java-based architecture for the computer-aided-design of spatial linkages that contains task definition and visualization, and linkage visualization, analysis and synthesis modules. In this paper, we present the new version, Synthetica 2.0. Among other additions, the new version includes task interpolation, a selection matrix, a generic synthesizer and several specialized synthesis procedures for constrained spatial linkages.

Copyright © 2004 by ASME



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