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A practical guide to kinematic mount design for custom, real world applications: from theory, to design and analysis, to CAD modeling, to production.

## Laying Out a Kinematic Mount Using the Maxwell Criterion

In this video, we look at how to layout a kinematic mount and optimize the design for stability and repeatability using the Maxwell criterion. To download a kinematic mount CAD model to explore the concepts we discuss to and freely adapt it for your own use, click the...

## Modeling and Design of a Kinematic Mount in CAD (Using SolidWorks)

Kinematic mounts are one of the most powerful tools in precision machine design and optomechanical engineering. In this video, we look at modeling and designing a kinematic mount in CAD, using SolidWorks. We briefly review specific aspects of kinematic mount design...

## The Principle of Kinematic Constraint

The advantage of a kinematic mount is that it locates one rigid body relative to another with very high repeatability, without over-constraining the body or introducing instability. It accomplishes this by using the precise number (and arrangement) of contact points needed to allow the desired degrees of freedom – no more and no less. That is the principle of kinematic constraint, which this article will show how to apply in your designs.

## Split clamp design and analysis

Split clamps are a simple, robust method for securing cylindrical components that need to be adjusted axially (e.g., focusing a lens) or rotationally (e.g., a prism holder or an adjustment screw). In both of these cases, the split clamp satisfies one of the principles of a good locking mechanism:

A locking mechanism’s action should not influence the sensitive adjustment that it is intended to secure.

## (With CAD Models)

A brief introduction to precision engineering, including sources of error and the pinciple of kinematic mounting. Includes a model of a kinematic mount to experiment with and freely adapt for your own use.