Design of Planar Multi-Degree-of-Freedom Morphing Mechanisms

Morphing mechanisms represent a class of machines that can change their shapes to perform critical functions in a variety of fields. This paper considers morphing mechanisms composed of rigid links that can be designed to approximate different shapes defined by planar curves. Such mechanisms may have applications in morphing aircraft wings that increase flight efficiency and morphing dies for manufacturing complex plastic products faster and less expensively than is currently possible.