JMD Welcomes Massimo Callegari and Yu-Tai Lee to the Editorial Board
Announcing New Annual Best Paper Award
Synthesizing Functional Mechanisms From a Link Soup
Pouya Tavousi, Kazem Kazerounian, Horea Ilies
The synthesis of functional molecular mechanisms is constrained by the notorious difficulties in fabricating nano-links of prescribed shapes and sizes. Thus, the classical mechanism synthesis methods, which assume the ability to manufacture any designed links, cannot provide a systematic process for designing molecular mechanisms. We propose a new approach to build functional mechanisms with prescribed mobility by only using elements from a predefined "link soup". Read more...
An Approach to Designing Origami-Adapted Aerospace Mechanisms
Jessica Morgan, Spencer P. Magleby, Larry L. Howell
Engineers have taken an interest in origami and developing it further for applications. Characteristics of origami of particular interest to engineers include: (1) stowability, (2) portability, (3) deployability, (4) part number reduction, (5) manufacturability from a flat sheet of material, (6) a single manufacturing technique (folding), (7) reduced assembly, (8) ease of miniaturization, and (9) low material volume and mass. Several of these attributes are of particular value in aerospace applications and it is anticipated that many more aerospace mechanisms could be developed through the use of a design process that adapts origami characteristics for use in devices and products. Read more...
Analysis of Architectural Complexity for Product Family and Platform
Gwang Kim, Yunjung Kwon, Eun Suk Suh, Jaemyung Ahn
This paper proposes a framework to analyze the architectural complexity of systems developed with a product family. A product family is a set of products that are derived from common sets of parts, interfaces, and processes, known as the product platform. Through the use of product platforms, several variations of products can be developed in a short period of time with relatively low-engineering costs to capture market share in niche market segments as the demand arises. This work can be used in a variety of ways to guide product platform and variant architecture development during the initial concept generation stage. Read more...
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