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Volume 3, issue 1
Mech. Sci., 3, 1–4, 2012
https://doi.org/10.5194/ms-3-1-2012
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Special issue: Future directions in compliant mechanisms

Mech. Sci., 3, 1–4, 2012
https://doi.org/10.5194/ms-3-1-2012
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the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.

Short communication 13 Jan 2012

Short communication | 13 Jan 2012

Short Communication: Flexure delicacies

S. Henein S. Henein
  • Centre Suisse d'Electronique et de Microtechnique (CSEM SA), Neuchâtel, Switzerland

Abstract. Flexures are nowadays enjoying a new boom in numerous high-precision and extreme-environment applications. The paper presents some delicate issues concerning stiffness compensation, large reduction ratios, as well as rectilinear and circular movements in compliant mechanisms. Novel concrete technical solutions to these well-known issues are described, giving a glimpse into the vast and still largely unexploited potential of flexure mechanisms manufactured by wire-electrical-discharge machining.

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