This paper presents a design method dedicated to compliant mechanisms, with emphasis on the use of ant colony optimization to determine the optimal geometry of a mechanism. Ant colony optimization is of particular interest because it does not need any fine tuning of its internal parameters. This robustness and the efficiency of the design method are assessed in the context of the design of a surgical tool. The method is then used to propose a new architecture for an active cardiac stabilizer with integrated actuation, contrary to existing architectures.

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