Any product with moving parts can benefit from compliant design.

FlexWorks™ Compliant Design can replace conventional mechanical components, and whole products, with ones that are more precise, more compact, with fewer parts and less assembly, or with no assembly at all. FlexWorks™ design services or our newly developed software, can help design compliant alternatives that are more reliable and with a drastically reduced part count over conventional products performing the same function. For more on FlexWorks software, including the new free online tool, visit www.FlexToFunction.com

reduce mechanism part count with this New online software tool that's free to use. try it at www.flextofunction.com.

reduce mechanism part count with this New online software tool that's free to use. try it at www.flextofunction.com.

flexworks design  methods reduce a multi-piece conventional gripper to a jointless unitized part

flexworks design  methods reduce a multi-piece conventional gripper to a jointless unitized part

As manufacturers know, fewer parts translate to fewer things to assemble and fewer still to go wrong. In some cases FlexWorks™ can even produce a single-piece, or “monoform”, design that performs as well or often better than the multi-part original! A FlexWorks™ design is typically stronger, lighter in weight, and more precise without friction therefore requiring no lubrication or bearings to install, or fail. Moreover, FlexWorks™ Compliant Design Services can be used to design mechanisms that would be impossible to make any other way such as Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems (MEMS) only microns in scale, where conventional assembly is not even an option.

FlexWorks™ leverages the pioneering research of FlexSys, Inc. to re-concept multi-part mechanisms into single-piece components and finished products. FlexWorks™ design methodology can be applied to devices ranging from giant wind turbines to micro-machines, and because these mechanisms have no joint backlash, they are far more precise, robust and reliable. This is possible because FlexWorks applies our pioneering research in distributed compliance and shape-morphing flexibility to use the natural elasticity of conventional materials including steel, aluminum, titanium, plastics and composites without compromising their strength.

 
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FlexSys is globally recognized as a leader in distributed compliance design with over 20 years of basic research and 12 years of applied R&D. With combined experience of over 80 years, we have already applied our methods to the automotive, aerospace, medical device, home appliance and furniture industries. Our MEMS work includes micro-machines, micro-optics and micro fluidic devices.

Simulation and Analysis

FlexSys uses proprietary, in-house developed, software for identifying optimum configurations, as well as the general shape and size of structural elements while ensuring the manufacturability, reliability and energy efficiency of the target design. To verify the performance of the selected compliant system designs, FlexSys maintains a suite of computer-aided engineering software, including ANSYS, Matlab, and Unigraphics, to simulate three- and four-dimensional non-linear elasticity, structure-to-structure contact, and structural dynamics.

 
Development of optimal configuration from beam distribution to testable prototype.

Development of optimal configuration from beam distribution to testable prototype.

 

Contact us to see how you can benefit from compliant design with FlexWorks!