Synthesizing Linkages in SolidWorks

Linkage system

 

Check out this video showing how to accurately synthesize linkage systems within SolidWorks.  Synthesis for two and three different position systems is shown with the help of sketch blocks.  This technique is a good way to figure out the placement for linkages and easily determine the best shape for the links.  I hope this will help you understand and design linkage systems.

Ian Jutras

 

  • http://firebears.org Tom

    Ian,
    We used this video to create a four bar linkage for our 2013 FIRST Robotics Competition robot. Is there a similar technique for having a bend in the linkage to preserve space on the robot?

  • http://profile.typepad.com/imjutras Ian Matthew Jutras

    Tom,
    I am glad you found the video useful. The technique is still the same. As the long as the distance between the points are the same and the link is ridgid it should work. Does that make sense? Hope this helps.