Faculty Advisor

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

Date Accepted

April 2011


Mechanical Engineering

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project



Advisor Department

Mechanical Engineering

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