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3D Prints and Mechanisms from Collaboration with Mark Rober

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One-Piece Compliant Blaster

This compliant blaster uses the stiffness of the beams within it to store elastic energy, which can then be used to fire a dart. Due to the fact that all of its springs are made in this way, the mechanism can be downscaled to remarkably small sizes.

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One-Piece Compliant Disk Launcher

This compliant disk launcher offers an alternative approach to launching small objects great distances. The underlying mechanism is the same as that found in the blaster.

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Display Stands for Compliant Blasters

Use these display stands to show off your compliant mechanism blaster, from the full to the quarter-scale models.

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LEGO-Compatible Bistable Switch

This structure, which can be used with popular brick-based toys, features similar compliant beams to those found in the launchers above.

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Micromanipulator

This mechanism was used by our team to carefully position and actuate the miniature blasters where no larger form of manipulation could work.

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Flat Ice Scraper

Ice Scraper

Compliant Mechanisms

This compliant ice scraper is the perfect tool for icy winters! It stores flat and can be printed small enough to fit in a wallet.

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Constant-Force Mechanism

Compliant Mechanisms

A constant force mechanism provides a constant resistance through a specific range of motion.

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Linear Motion Mechanism

Compliant Mechanism

This design was developed for a safing and arming mechanism for nuclear weapons. The use of compliant mechanisms allowed the design to be scaled down with some components the size of a human hair, yet still being reliable.

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2 DOF Space Pointer

Compliant Mechanisms

This mechanism allows for motion in two degrees of freedom, with no springs or hinges necessary. It was designed for carefully turning rocket nozzle in space.

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Compliant Overrunning Clutch

Compliant Mechanisms

Overrunning clutches, or freewheel clutches, are used in applications which require torque to be transmitted in only one direction. This design most resembles the ratchet and pawl clutch.

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"Wyrd" Elephant Compliant Mechanism

Compliant Mechanisms

A Wyrd mechanism is a compliant mechanism that has motion similar to a double parallel mechanism.

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Bistable Mechanism

Compliant Mechanisms

This mechanism demonstrates how compliant beams can be used to store energy not just while actively being bent, but also in a bistable configuration like this. This model also makes for a great fidget toy.

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"Wyrd" BYU Cougar Compliant Mechanism

Compliant Mechanism

This Wyrd mechanism imitates what is usually made from rigid hinges by using thin living hinges. Print it to see how it moves!

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Fully Compliant Pliers

Compliant Mechanisms

These pliers show how compliant mechanisms can be used to perdorm the same functions as much more complicated, classical mechanisms. These pliers are made from a single material, and so are much easier to produce.

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Centrifugal Clutch

Compliant Mechanisms

This clutch only engages with the outer wall once the inner rotor reaches a specific velocity, which is desirable in almost all applications involving an internal combustion engine.

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Ortho-Planar Spring

Compliant Mechanisms

The Ortho-Planar Spring is a compact spring with a platform that undergoes a large displacement in either direction, but does not rotate like conventional planar springs. This invention has numerous advantages.

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Bistable Compliant Switch

Compliant Mechanisms

This bistable switch is an example of a compliant mechanism with a four-bar mechanism pseudo-rigid-body model. A contact force is created by causing the contacts to connect before the second stable equilibrium position is reached. Living hinges are used at the other joints.

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Large-Displacement Linear-Motion Mechanisms

Compliant Mechanisms

This kind of mechanism is used to displace a bar in a straight line and in a very secure and predicatble way. It works by using multiple beams as both springs and guides for the central bar.

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Cross-Axis Flexural Pivot

Compliant Mechanisms

This pivot demonstrates how compliant mechanisms can be used instead of pin joints in certain rigid-body situations, where wear should be avoided and springiness is desired.

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Euler Catapult

Compliant Mechanism

This catapult was made with an Euler spiral. This is significant because in its undeflected state it is curved, but when proper loads are placed at the end of the beam the spiral lays flat.

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Flex-16: Large-Displacement Hinge

Compliant Mechanism

This compliant mechanism is a large-displacement monolithic compliant rotational hinge to help deployable hinges on spacecraft be more efficient.

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Christmas Ornament

Compliant Mechanisms

This delightful Christmas ornament uses LET joints to create a spherical case for a simple origami-inspired tree.

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Bat-Flex

Compliant Mechanisms

This Halloween-inspired model uses compliant hinges to allow for a cute range of motion in the flapping of the bat's wings.

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Cross-Axis Ghost

Compliant Mechanisms

This little ghost bends back and forth in a spooky little motion built off the Cross-Axis Flexural Pivot.

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Self-Opening Easter Bunny

Compliant Mechanism

This 3D printed bunny "springs" to life as it opens itself each time it is closed.

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St. Patrick's Day Box

Compliant Mechanism

This box uses lenticular folds to store spring energy, as well as a compliant latch to keep the box closed.

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Compliant Surgical Grippers

Compliant Mechanism

A example of a simplified compliant mechanism that retains its functionality as it is scaled down for surgical use.

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Collapsing Cube

Origami

An easy-to-store origami inspired collapsing container.

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Vertex Roof Hidey Cube

Origami

This version of our origami-inspired folding childcare furniture product has a roof!

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3D Printable Flasher

Origami

This pattern demonstrates the fun kinematics and compactability of flasher patterns, and can be printed on most 3D printers!

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Folding Hexagon

Origami

This folding hexagon origami pattern increases its surface area by nearly 300% when opened!

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Octocube

Origami

The octocube model demonstrates how even structural members that don't look like flat sheets can be used in ways that follow the rules of origami. The six sets of folds in this cube all work together to make a cycle.

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Origami Flasher

Origami

This origami flasher, originally designed by Jeremy Shafer and Chris Palmer, shows how origami patterns can be used to compact large sheets into very small volumes.

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Compliant Kaleidocycle

Origami

This model is unique because, despite the fact that it is built from compliant mechanisms, it can continuously cycle through a full 360 degrees of motion. It also makes for a great fidget toy.

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Compliant Kaleido-Flake

Origami

Based on the kaleidocycle, this Kaleido-flake is perfect for winter. Based on compliant mechanisms this snowflake is unique for its ability to undergo continuous rotation.

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Ballistic Barrier

Origami

This is a downscaled version of our full-sized, bullet-proof barrier. It demonstrates how origami can be used to make a deployable wall on-demand.

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Elliptic Infinity

Origami

This mathematically fascinating sculpture is an original design by Dr. Robert Lang.

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Four-bar Origami vertex

Origami

Origami not only allows for new and complicated mechanisms, but can also emulate more traditional mechanisms as well.

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Color Changing Bidirectional Tube

Origami

This origami tube has many interesting properties, one of which can be seen in this color changing pattern. It has been the inspiration for some of our other works. Check out our publications or the link to learn more.

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Square Twist

Origami

The kinetic sculpture shown here is made of a much larger square of material than just a regular piece of paper, and it is made of a material that is an entire inch thick. Try folding that!

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Oriceps: Origami Inspired Forceps

Origami

This Oriceps design is an example of a compliant mechanism that was inspired by Shafer's origami "Chomper", and was made for application as a pair of forceps that were later adapted and implemented for use on one of Intuitive Surgical's da Vinci robots.

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Volume-Efficient Miura-ori (VEMO)

Origami

This ultra-compact origami-inspired deployable structure was designed for reflectarray antennas. It compacts down into a perfect cube!

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Bistable-to-Monostable Magnetic Hinge

Origami

This is a printable hinge capable of folding 180 degrees with a bias back to the deployed state.

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Magnetic Gears

Origami

Identical gears with identical square magnets embedded with polarization in the plane of rotation.

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Magnetic Gear Links

Origami

An extension of the Magnetic Gears.

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MaLDO Hinge

Origami

A thin magnetic hinge capable of folding 180 degrees, but returns to naturally open state.

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MaLO Hinge

Origami

A thin magnetic hinge that can fold 180 degrees but always wants to return to the open state.

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SOURCE Vertex

Origami

Most origami is with thin things, such as paper. However, for many engineering applications it is necessary to fold much thicker materials. These origami vertices show one method for thick folding: SORCE joints.

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Fixed-Fixed Beam - Half Circle

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"Airplane" Beam

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Fixed-Fixed Beam - Quarter Circle

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Fixed-Fixed Straight Beam

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Fixed-Slotted Straight Beam

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Cantilever Beam Adjust

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Cross-Axis Flexural Pivot

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"Satellite" Beam

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Cantilever Beam

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Fixed-Fixed Horizontal Straight Beam

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Large-size Circular Links

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Medium-size Circular Links

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Small-size Circular Links

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Morphing "Y"

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CurvedLinks: Adapter

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Developable CORE

Developable Mechanism

A CORE, or compliant rolling-contact element, is composed of two cams joined together with multiple complaint flexures. Tension develops in these flexures as the cams roll in contact with another; this holds the cams together and allows the CORE to mimic the rotation of a pin joint

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Single-Sheet Model Chair

Developable Mechanism

A folding chair model that utilizes Lamina Emergent Torsion joints to make a comfortable seat from a single sheet.

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ONE CUT "Y"

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One Cut Origami Star

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