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Complex (impossible?) mechanism movement mating combination.. How can I achieve a bar linkage track system?

Question asked by Fabia Goff on Apr 3, 2015
Latest reply on Apr 9, 2015 by George D. Gabert

Hi,

 

I am a final year industrial design student trying to achieve an extension mechanism that uses bar linkages that hold when flat but pivot (80 degrees) when the following part goes around the corner of the track it is following. I have tried combinations of hinge joints with path followers but have had no luck for weeks now. No tutorials explain how to achieve such a complex mechanism. Any advice or even ways to cheat (I tried using a hidden invisible slot track but this didn't work either) would save my project pretty much.

 

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