This book is an introduction to the mathematical theory of design for articulated mechanical systems known as linkages. The focus is on sizing mechanical constraints that guide the movement of the workpiece, or end-effector, of the system. The function of the device is prescribed as a set of positions to be reachable by the end-effector and the mechanical constraints are formed by joints that limit relative movement. The goal is to find all the devices that can achieve a specific task. Formulated in this way the design ...

Geometric Design of Linkages 2000, Springer, New York, NY

ISBN-13: 9780387989839