Rotary to Linear Motion

A slider-crank mechanism is a typical design which converts rotary motion into linear motion. It is achieved by connecting a slider and a crank with a rod. This mechanism is also utilized as a system that converts the reciprocating linear ...

The Need for Speed: High-Speed Automation Design

In the midst of adverse market conditions, automation devices must be manufactured to a higher standard in terms of quality, cost, and delivery time. The requirements of making automation devices high-speed not only involves increasing the productivity per hour but ...

Go Big: Large Automation Design

As automation becomes more demanding there is a need for stronger materials and larger equipment. In this post, we review large automation design techniques to be considered in the design phase of large-scale manufacturing machines. Required Performance for the Large ...

To Step and To Serve: Motors

Small motors can be categorized into motors to obtain power by converting electrical energy to rotational energy, and motors for control where rotational position and velocity are regulated to achieve specific control purposes. The latter is mainly used for automation ...

Bearing All: Retaining Methods

A bearing by definition is a part of a machine that bears friction, especially between a rotating part and its housing. The architectural definition is a structural part that supports weight. A ball bearing is a rolling element bearing that ...

Give Your Design a Boost: Boost Mechanisms

A mechanism designed to generate a large force from a small force is called a boost mechanism. Mechanical components that constitute this boost mechanism include links, levers, screws, wedges, gears, and pulleys. For lightweight arms of robots, the link mechanism is ...

UPDATE MAKEiT, Inc: Project Bigfoot

This week we catch up with our friends at MAKEiT, Inc on their project Bigfoot as well as their new technology. Check out how MISUMI Aluminum Extrusion, bearings and shafts gave them the precision they needed to create their 3D printed ...

The Technique of Losing Weight: Part Two

Strength and Shape Design Considerations After looking at ways to use different plastics instead of metal in last week’s post, we will examine shape and material in this week’s post. Weight reduction is a design task assigned to many engineers, ...