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Design and experimental characterization of flexure activated by SMA wires for microassembly operations
Author(s): Abiud Flores; Horacio Ahuett; Gangbing Song
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Paper Abstract

Compliant mechanisms have a wide range of application in microassembly, micromanipulation and microsurgery. This article presents a low cost Flexure-Stage actuated by two SMA-wires that produces displacement in one direction in a range from 0 to 10 μm. The Flexure-Stage acts as a mechanical transform by reducing and changing the direction of the SMA actuator output displacement. The Flexure-Stage system has its application in microassembly operation and was built at cost of US$ 35 cost. The design methodology of a flexure-stage from concept design through FEA modeling and finally to construction and characterization is presented in this paper.

Paper Details

Date Published: 5 April 2006
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 6173, Smart Structures and Materials 2006: Smart Structures and Integrated Systems, 61731S (5 April 2006); doi: 10.1117/12.664122
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Abiud Flores, Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey (Mexico)
Horacio Ahuett, Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey (Mexico)
Gangbing Song, Univ. of Houston (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6173:
Smart Structures and Materials 2006: Smart Structures and Integrated Systems
Yuji Matsuzaki, Editor(s)

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