Compliant constant-force mechanisms combine the effects of mechanical advantage and stored strain energy of flexible members to obtain constant output forces for a large range of input displacements. This paper extends and compliments previous work by accomplishing the following: i) dimensional synthesis is performed for a number of compliant constant-force mechanism configurations, ii) a simplified method of determining the magnitude of the constant output force is presented, and iii) experimental validation of the theory is addressed by reporting the results of testing three constant-force configurations. The results of i) and ii) are presented in a manner to be easily used by engineers designing such mechanisms. The results of iii) show that the mechanisms do follow a nearly constant force for a large input displacement, as predicted.

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