Conceptual Design and Characteristics of A Dual-Arm Cam-Lock Manipulator

by Ali Meghdari, Sharif Univ of Technology, Tehran, Iran,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Robotics for Challenging Environments


Recent developments in the area of smart structures indicate that variable geometry/stiffness truss network is of fundamental importance in designing smart transformable structures and systems for space applications. This paper presents the conceptual and preliminary designs of a novel concept for a re-configurable dual-arm smart robotics structure named as the Dual-Arm Cam-Lock Manipulator. It is designed to be capable of performing a wide variety of tasks by automatically reconfiguring itself to form a variable geometry, stiffness, and workspace robotics structure. Hence, it may also be referred to as a Variable Geometry Robot Manipulator (VGRM).

Subject Headings: Smart buildings | Conceptual design | Robotics | Space stations | Trusses | Structural design | Structural systems | Space exploration

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