Disney Research to Introduce Design Tool for Compliant Mechanisms

Published by , July 28, 2017 1:01 pm

(Engineering.com) A computational design tool developed by Disney Research promises to make the transition from rigid to compliant mechanisms easier. The new method will be presented at at SIGGRAPH 2017 next week in LA. The tool can take a design for a conventional, rigidly articulated device and automatically substitute parts that achieve the same function through flexibility, drawing from existing catalogs of compliant mechanisms.
“Compliant mechanisms enjoy widespread use in industry—ranging from miniature actuators in microelectromechanical systems to the binder clips, backpack latches and shampoo lids common in everyday life,” said Bernhard Thomaszewski, a former Disney scientist who is now an assistant professor at the University of Montreal.

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