This article presents the compliant manipulator design method (COMAD) for the synthesis of serial and parallel multi-DoF compliant mechanisms. Currently, the freedom and constraint topology (FACT)-method results in flexure systems being a serial kinematic solution for multi-DoF motions. In the COMAD method parallel solutions are included too through 3 steps: (1) obtaining the serial and parallel kinematic solutions for an intended set of end-effector DoFs with the type synthesis of legs-method; (2) transforming each legtype into a flexure leg by using the FACT method; (3) combining legs in parallel to obtain complete compliant mechanism designs. It was applied for a compliant Schönflies motion generator – having three translations and one rotation – resulting in 5 different 4-DoF flexure legs. 4 designs were new compared to the result obtained using the FACT method. Then, a set of legs was combined in parallel resulting in a compliant Schönflies mechanism, which was manufactured. Its mobility was experimentally evaluated by modal analysis. The intended motions separately became visible during its first four eigenmodes. They are the mechanism's DoFs as their stiffness is relatively low.
|Number of pages||11|
|Journal||Mechanism and Machine Theory|
|Publication status||Published - 2023|
- Multi-DoF flexure systems
- Parallel compliant mechanisms
- Spatial motion
- Synthesis method