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Visualizing the Time Motion of Planar Mechanisms With Volume Methods

TitleVisualizing the Time Motion of Planar Mechanisms With Volume Methods
Publication TypeConference Paper
Year of Publication2005
AuthorsBailey, M. J.
Conference NameASME 2005 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference
Pagination89 - 94
Date Published09/2005
Conference LocationLong Beach, California

Two dimensional, or planar, mechanism design is a mainstay of Mechanical Engineering modeling and analysis. An important part of the design process is the visualizing of the motion of the mechanism. This paper describes a novel approach to visualizing the time motion of a planar mechanism — turning the time dimension into a spatial dimension. All three dimensions (x,y,time) are then treated as a 3D volume. From there, we use interactive volume visualization techniques, including slicing and thresholding. As is seen, this method is able to produce new insights into planar mechanism motion, particularly when more than one mechanism is working cooperatively.