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New LinkageDesigner application for mechanical design with Mathematica

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  • Subject: [mg61778] New LinkageDesigner application for mechanical design with Mathematica
  • From: Wolfram Research <newsdesk at>
  • Date: Sat, 29 Oct 2005 01:32:45 -0400 (EDT)
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LinkageDesigner, a new application package for virtual 
prototyping of linkages with Mathematica, provides an environment 
for modeling complex mechanisms with minimal effort. Its complete 
integration with Mathematica opens the door to time-saving 
algebraic optimization and problem-solving methods for computer- 
aided mechanism design and CAD-CAM-CNC integration.

Features of LinkageDesigner include:

* Automatic generation of nonredundant loop-closing equations for
  single and multiple loops
* Detection of non-feasible and lock-up mechanisms while defining
  the model
* Parametrized linkage definitions for identical treatment of 2D
  and 3D mechanisms
* New flexible and user-extensible LinkageData data type for
  storage of all information associated with a mechanism
* Easy copying of LinkageData objects between mechanisms
* Calculation of translational velocity, angular velocity, and
  higher-order derivatives of any links in the linkage in closed
* Visualization and animation of linkages in Mathematica
* Export to Dynamic Visualizer, LiveGraphics3D, or VRML97

Developed and supported by Dr. Gábor Erdos of Bit-Plié 2003 Bt, 
LinkageDesigner is available for Windows, Mac OS X, Linux, Unix, 
and compatible systems. It is designed for use with Mathematica 
5.0 or higher.

More information is available at: 

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