Norton, Robert L.
The goal of this project was to design a tooling station consisting of three of the same linkage mechanisms providing motion along three different axes. Each of the linkages needed to be driven by a servo motor to achieve variable output stroke between zero and fifty six millimeters and to reduce the replacement cost of cams in the sponsor's production-line machinery. Each mechanism is a six-bar linkage consisting of a slider, which is constrained within a slot in the main rocker whose motion is guided by a crank. A right-angle gearbox and servo motor were chosen to drive the linkage. Three linkages were efficiently packaged within the 250 mm x 250 mm x 1000 mm work envelope specified by the sponsor to deliver motion along three different axes.
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Major Qualifying Project
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