This paper presents a compliant mechanism that can generate a wide range of force-deflection profiles. This partially compliant mechanism is comprised of a wedge cam with a compliant follower. The designer specifies the material and geometric properties of the compliant segment, as well as a desired force-deflection profile. A cam surface is then synthesized that helps generate this profile. The synthesis method is validated experimentally with the help of two case studies. Some possible areas of application include robotics, variable stiffness actuators, electrical connectors, design for automotive crashworthiness, and variable resistance exercise equipment.

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