Mechanism Generator

Mechanism Generator helps you find a new linkage design and inserts it as an assembly into your existing SolidWorks model.


This reduces the time it takes to design systems that include movement, and expands your opportunity for new and interesting systems.


Our streamlined approach to linkage synthesis saves you time and allows you to focus on the overall system. MechGen reads the design specification directly from a sketch within your SolidWorks model and generates the linkage you select as an assembly that can be imported back into to complete your design.


Mechanism Generator 1.0: Generate four-bar linkage SolidWorks assemblies


Mechanism Generator is built on SolidWorks API commands that generate a solid model of a four-bar linkage to your specifications. The user specified the linkage dimensions and can select from a variety of link types and cross-sections. This is a convenient tool for generating four-bar linkages within a SolidWorks model.


This version provides a Dimensions Page that allows the user to select from a list of link cross-section themes (rectangular, T-Link, H-Link, and others) and also change properties of the links and bearings.


Pricing: $50.00 for MechGen 1.0. Contact us for educational pricing.

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Mechanism Generator 2.0: Automated design of a planar four-bar linkage


This version of Mechanism Generator provides a five-position synthesis feature that generates planar four-bar design candidates. The five task positions of the coupler link are specified in a SolidWorks sketch that is in your existing model. MechGen 2.0 reads the sketch and designs a set of four-bar linkages that achieve your goal. A previewer allows you to see the operation of the various linkages. Select the linkage you like and have MechGen create a SolidWorks assembly that you can import directly into your model.


This version includes Browser Mode that allows solutions from the Generator mode to be saved for later use.


Pricing: $695 for MechGen 2.0. Contact us for educational pricing.

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Mechanism Generator 3.0: Automated design of a planar six-bar linkage


This version of Mechanism Generator provides a five-position synthesis feature that generates planar six-bar design candidates. The designer specifies five task positions of a 3R open chain in a SolidWorks sketch that is part of your existing model. MechGen 3.0 reads the sketch and designs a set of six-bar linkages that achieve your goal. A previewer allows you to see the operation of the various linkages. Select the linkage you like and have MechGen create a SolidWorks assembly that you can import directly into your model.


This version includes Browser Mode that allows solutions from the Generator mode to be saved for later use.


Pricing: $1395 for MechGen 3.0. Contact us for educational pricing.

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Mechanism Generator 4.0: Automated design of spherical four-bar linkages


This version of Mechanism Generator yields SolidWorks assemblies for spherical four-bar linkage design candidates that achieve a specified set of five spatial orientations. The user imports a MechGen spherical linkage design environment into a new or existing SolidWorks assembly. This design environment provides the functionality to visualize and specify task orientations as a sketch in your model. This version of MechGen reads the sketch and designs a set of spherical four-bar linkages that achieve your goal. A previewer allows you to see the operation of the various linkages. Select the linkage you like and have MechGen create a SolidWorks assembly that you can import directly into your model.


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Mechanism Generator 5.0: Automated design of spherical six-bar linkages


This addition to Mechanism Generator provides the functionality to generate spherical six-bar linkages that achieve your design specifications. In this version the MechGen spherical linkage design environment includes a user-modified spherical 3R chain that is positions in the five task orientations. This version of MechGen reads the sketch and designs a set of spherical four-bar linkages that achieve your goal. A previewer allows you to see the operation of the various linkages. Select the linkage you like and have MechGen create a SolidWorks assembly that you can import directly into your model. Currently, this design system is unique in its ability to design spherical six-bar linkages.


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System Requirements:


Windows Vista, 7, 8 Operating system
x32 or x64 bit processor
Minimum 1GB RAM
Mathematica 10.0 or newer
Solidworks 2014 or 2014/2015 Academic
We can make adjustments for Mathematica 8.0+, Solidworks 2013 and Solidworks 2013/2014 Academic, but we need to be notified in advance.