A Novel Approach to Planar Mechanism Synthesis Using HEEDS

The problem of mechanism synthesis (or design) is deceptively complex and has been the subject of much attention since soon after the discovery of the wheel. In this paper, a novel approach to automated mechanism synthesis is described that uses a technique called “convertible agents” to simultaneously find the most appropriate mechanism type for a given problem, while also finding an optimum set of dimensions for that mechanism to realize a specified behavior.
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