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Call For Papers: Special Issue on Machine Learning for Engineering Design
JMD Welcomes James Allison, Scarlett Miller, Tahira Reid, and Haijun Su to the Editorial Board
Featured Articles Editor: Scott Ferguson
What is a Prototype? What are the Roles of Prototypes in Companies?
Carlye A. Lauff; Daria Kotys-Schwartz, Mark E. Rentschler
Prototyping is an essential part of a company’s product development process. It is critical to launching new products to market; these products can range from the next generation iPhone to surgical devices for doctors to your favorite shoes. Currently, there are limited research studies conducted within companies, meaning we lack an understanding about how companies engage in prototyping activities. Read more...
An Integrated Type and Dimensional Synthesis Method to Design One Degree-of-Freedom Planar Linkages With Only Revolute Joints for Exoskeletons
Zefang Shen, Garry Allison, Lei Cui
Exoskeletons are wearable robots developed to assist the wear’s motion. In rehabilitation, such devices can help patients relearn natural motion after surgery, spinal cord injury, stroke, etc. Compared with conventional rehabilitation, exoskeleton-based rehabilitation can provide highly stable and repetitive movements. Read more...
Steffen Hau, Alexander York, Gianluca Rizzello, Stefan Seelecke
Dielectric elastomers (DEs) may be a more energy efficient, lightweight, and low-cost solution for many emerging mechatronics applications when compared against established actuation technologies (e.g. solenoids or pneumatic cylinders). DE actuators (DEA) are also highly scalable, have low power consumption, and offer high flexibility. The presented work proposes a systematic tool for quasi-static performance prediction of circular out-of-plane DEAs. Read more...
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