Want to explore compliant mechanisms?
Updated: Mar 30
The rise in technology over the years has caused tremendous change in the production cycle of a product. The revolution has increased the speed and reduced the cost of mass production. Indeed, ‘Compliant Mechanisms’ is one of the great researches carried out.
Compliant mechanisms use elastic body deformation to transfer an input force or displacement to another point. These are monolithic (single piece) or joint-less mechanisms performing complex actions. They are often a part of complex structures. The elastic properties with no joints provide the means to miniaturize the mechanism. The resulting mechanisms can be made to do precise and repeatable actions.
One of the most important reasons why compliant mechanisms are preferred over traditional ones is the dramatic reduction in the number of parts needed to attain the visualized motion and the desired result.
The picture below shows the comparison between the company using traditional methods and compliant mechanisms:
Other compelling reasons are:
Lighter in weight
Less friction resulting in lower maintenance
Precision in motion
Reduction in size
Simpler production process
Adaptability to morphing, lamina emergent, and adaptive motions
Available in miso, micro, and nano sizes
Ease of manufacturing because of the nature of materials used