Form takes a bit of a backseat to function today as we explore a practical application of linkage design. This linkage-operated (and motor-driven) rocking chair allows people with physical disabilities to experience the healing and comforting motion of a traditional “Boston” rocker. Move the shortest link to see the chair rock.
I used an assembly layout sketch to simulate the six-bar linkage (which I created using a compass and straightedge on paper) before modeling the device in a traditional assembly. This provided a quick confirmation that the linkage operated to my liking.
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Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Mechanical Engineering, 2013