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have made an enormous contribution in various fields. Several methods have
being conceived to analyze and design these compliant mechanisms that gain part
of their motion from the deflection of flexible members rather than from
movable joints only. Traditional rigidbody mechanisms have a number of
components to apply their functions. Consequently they face problems such as
backlash, wear, and increase in part-count, weight, assembly cost and time,
regular maintenance. By reducing these problems will assist in increasing
mechanism performance and cost reduction. Recently, many familiar examples of
compliant mechanisms have been designed and widely used in various fields such
as automotive industry, aerospace industry, MEMS, Medical devices, Robotic arm
with minimal impedance due to its own mass & assistive mechanisms. For
adaptive structures, components in transportations, hand-held tools, etc. however,
the largest challenge was relative difficulty in analyzing and designing
compliant mechanisms. Two approaches studied in the literature of
kinematics-based approach and the structural optimization based approach. At
present work is being carried out to analyze, the best suitable optimization method
for designing a compliant mechanisms used in new age industries.
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