Abstract

The computational resources to support the development of a science of design based on analytical formulations using clean geometric and material parameters (other properties may come into play) has exploded in recent years. Unfortunately, most design problems result in highly coupled/nonlinear equations which resolve into very high ordered algebraic determinants, making their solution increasingly difficult. Hence, perhaps the most important part of the design process will be the judicious choice of these parameters to reduce the coupling and make the algebraic elimination of parameters feasible. The progress of kinematic synthesis was dependent on this realization. Here, we wish to take a nominal step in that direction for the physical design of the structure of a precision manipulator to illustrate what the future for this “science of design” might be.

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