The paper deals with synthesis, modeling and analysis of mechanisms with flexural pivots preferably used in micro-systems, measuring devices, or medical devices. Among other things, it will be shown that rotary joints can be replaced by flexural pivots so that the kinematic performance will be kept. Already in the phase of kinematic design, one has pay attention to material properties, load, and strain to ensure both the mobility and the strength of the mechanism. Using two examples, a Robert’s straight line generator and a trunk-like motion generating mechanism, it is shown here, how a relatively simple multi-body model can be used effectively for mechanism analysis and optimization.

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