Advances in computer techniques provide a CAD environment for the design of four-bar linkage and six-bar linkage assemblies.
Integration of the computer modeling with linkage design algorithms give the designer the ability create linkage asemblies without leaving the SolidWorks environment.
J. Michael McCarthy has worked for over 30 years on the development of computer aided design software for linkage systems. His research team is responsible for the Sphinx, Synthetica and MechGen computer aided design software systems. His book Geometric Design of Linkages presents the fundamental theory for the kinematic synthesis of linkages.