How FlexSys is Changing the World of Mechanisms

"It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent,
...but the most responsive to change"

- Charles Darwin

AUTOMOTIVE APPLICATIONS

 Automotive Wiper  FlexShape is a structurally optimized, monoform wiper design that reduced part part from 15 to 3. See its story here.  

Automotive Wiper

FlexShape is a structurally optimized, monoform wiper design that reduced part part from 15 to 3. See its story here. 

 Mirror Actuator  This mirror actuator reduced  the number of components from 18 to 7, with improved backlash.    

Mirror Actuator

This mirror actuator reduced  the number of components from 18 to 7, with improved backlash.   

 Automotive Interiors  shape-changing technologies are currently being considered for improving automotive interior design and seating. Under non-disclosure agreements at this time.

Automotive Interiors

shape-changing technologies are currently being considered for improving automotive interior design and seating. Under non-disclosure agreements at this time.

JOINT-LESS MOTION AMPLIFICATION

 Motion Amplifiers  Amplify motion 30x to 200x without joints and assembly. Possible wearable tactile applications. We used this technology to turn the rear car window into a speaker for a major automotive OEM. Ideal for miniaturization.    

Motion Amplifiers

Amplify motion 30x to 200x without joints and assembly. Possible wearable tactile applications. We used this technology to turn the rear car window into a speaker for a major automotive OEM. Ideal for miniaturization.  

 Piezoelectric Amplifier  FlexSys monolithic 65x motion amplifier is opening the door to new, compact, high-power actuation systems.

Piezoelectric Amplifier

FlexSys monolithic 65x motion amplifier is opening the door to new, compact, high-power actuation systems.

 Adaptive Grippers  Joint-less, single part robotic gripper designs reduce sensing complexity and are low cost enough to be single-use..

Adaptive Grippers

Joint-less, single part robotic gripper designs reduce sensing complexity and are low cost enough to be single-use..

 Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems  With no assembly required, these joint-less mechanisms have been miniaturized at Sandia National Laboratories.

Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems

With no assembly required, these joint-less mechanisms have been miniaturized at Sandia National Laboratories.

JOINT-LESS MECHANISMS

 Joint-less Stapler  As seen in  Mechanical Engineering Magazine  and our favorite demonstration of drastic part reductions that can be achieved through "Flexible" thinking. 

Joint-less Stapler

As seen in Mechanical Engineering Magazine and our favorite demonstration of drastic part reductions that can be achieved through "Flexible" thinking. 

 Joint-less Iris  The base IP behind the FlexFidget and Iris Pendant on sale at the Ann Arbor Hands On Museum.  

Joint-less Iris

The base IP behind the FlexFidget and Iris Pendant on sale at the Ann Arbor Hands On Museum. 

 Joint-less Latch  This single-part mechanism eliminated assembly and contamination from lubrication.

Joint-less Latch

This single-part mechanism eliminated assembly and contamination from lubrication.

 Multi-Stable   FlexSys has demonstrated a number of compliant mechanism designs that distribute flexural strain throughout the device in ways that enhance the performance of existing devices as well as allowing many new functions in single-use application.

Multi-Stable

 FlexSys has demonstrated a number of compliant mechanism designs that distribute flexural strain throughout the device in ways that enhance the performance of existing devices as well as allowing many new functions in single-use application.

MEDICAL

 By distributing compliance over the whole mechanism, a tissue friendly manipulator can direct very specific and carefully defined gripping strength for surgery at macro- and micro scales but afford enough flexibility to not damage the tissue.

By distributing compliance over the whole mechanism, a tissue friendly manipulator can direct very specific and carefully defined gripping strength for surgery at macro- and micro scales but afford enough flexibility to not damage the tissue.

 This compliant directional bone surgery tool was developed for the University of Michigan Office of Medical Research. The low cost stamped carrier conforms to the bone curvature to more easily remove cartilage layers.

This compliant directional bone surgery tool was developed for the University of Michigan Office of Medical Research. The low cost stamped carrier conforms to the bone curvature to more easily remove cartilage layers.

 A compliant prosthetic mechanism can emulate the complexity of a joint such this compliant wrist joint.

A compliant prosthetic mechanism can emulate the complexity of a joint such this compliant wrist joint.

SOFT ROBOTICS

 Fiber Reinforced Elastomeric Enclosures, or FREEs, has many potential applications such as soft robotic gripping, physical therapy, and seating.

Fiber Reinforced Elastomeric Enclosures, or FREEs, has many potential applications such as soft robotic gripping, physical therapy, and seating.

MEMS 

 These bed bugs are going for a ride on a mems-go-round demonstrating the miniaturization capability of compliant actuation mechanisms due to not having the need for assembly.

These bed bugs are going for a ride on a mems-go-round demonstrating the miniaturization capability of compliant actuation mechanisms due to not having the need for assembly.

ADAPTIVE DESIGNS

 Compliant design is adaptive by nature. In this clip, the iris demonstration device is shown to adapt in size and grip different objects. 

Compliant design is adaptive by nature. In this clip, the iris demonstration device is shown to adapt in size and grip different objects.