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Morphing Y: a one-DOF six-bar developable mechanism

3D model description

This is a one-DOF (degree of freedom) six-bar rigid-body mechanism. Traditional engineering kinematics states that the mechanism will have the same motion regardless of the shapes of the rigid links. This makes for interesting motion as the links all move with respect to each other.

Because the links for this mechanism are shaped such that, in one of the mechanism's positions, the links conform to the BYU "Y" logo shape, this is a developable mechanism.

  • 3D model format: STL



The BYU Compliant Mechanisms Research Group (CMR) involves students and faculty who strive to make an impact by creating compliant mechanism theories and applications that are novel, used by others, and make a difference for good.




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