This paper presents research on the large-displacement linear-motion planar compliant mechanism (X-Bob) specific to MEMS applications. The X-Bob’s potential for high off-axis stiffness makes it a strong candidate for precision MEMs applications. Understanding the characteristics and performance of the X-Bob can lead to the ability to modify it to fit specific applications. In this work, an X-Bob design is optimized for increased off-axis stiffness while maintaining a small footprint. The results are compared to previous X-Bob designs and to folded beam suspensions. Advantages and disadvantages of each design are explained.
- Design Engineering Division and Computers in Engineering Division
Design Optimization of a Linear-Motion Large-Displacement Micro Mechanism for High Off-Axis Stiffness
Smith, DG, Larsen, GT, & Howell, LL. "Design Optimization of a Linear-Motion Large-Displacement Micro Mechanism for High Off-Axis Stiffness." Proceedings of the ASME 2009 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference. Volume 6: ASME Power Transmission and Gearing Conference; 3rd International Conference on Micro- and Nanosystems; 11th International Conference on Advanced Vehicle and Tire Technologies. San Diego, California, USA. August 30–September 2, 2009. pp. 459-464. ASME. https://doi.org/10.1115/DETC2009-87301
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