By combining classical kinematic synthesis and static synthesis, we consider force conditions as well as motions in the dimensional synthesis of linkages. We are concerned with determining the dimensions of linkages that guide a rigid body through several positions and support a specified external load at each position. Three types of planar linkages are studied in detail: four-bar, slider-crank, and double-slider linkages. Incompletely specified problems and spring element synthesis are also discussed.

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