We study the synthesis of a slider-crank four-bar linkage whose coupler point traces a set of predefined task points. We report that there are at most 558 slider-crank four-bars in cognate pairs passing through any eight specified task points. The problem is formulated for up to eight precision points in polynomial equations. Classical elimination methods are used to reduce the formulation to a system of seven sixth-degree polynomials. A constrained homotopy technique is employed to eliminate degenerate solutions, mapping them to solutions at infinity of the augmented system, which avoids tedious post-processing. To obtain solutions to the augmented system, we propose a process based on the classical homotopy and secant homotopy methods. Two numerical examples are provided to verify the formulation and solution process. In the second example, we obtain six slider-crank linkages without a branch or an order defect, a result partially attributed to choosing design points on a fourth-degree polynomial curve.

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