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

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Selecting Materials for Kinematic Components

Kinematic components are the set of balls, vees, and other shapes that come into point contact with each other to locate the structural members of a kinematic mount relative to one another. In this article, we discuss the desirable material properties of kinematic...

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What Is Precision Engineering?

What Is Precision Engineering?

What is precision engineering? What fundamental difference sets it apart from “traditional” mechanical engineering, and how can that understanding help make your precision design a success?

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A Visual Guide to Kinematic Mount Design

Kinematic mount design can be complicated. But it doesn’t have to be. This visual how-to guide highlights the decisions, criteria, and calculations involved in designing a robust, highly repeatable kinematic mount. Color-coding helps you to understand the relationship...

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Laying Out a Kinematic Mount Using the Maxwell Criterion

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...

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