Fully compliant tensural bistable micromechanisms (FTBM)

  title={Fully compliant tensural bistable micromechanisms (FTBM)},
  author={D. Wilcox and L. L. Howell},
  journal={Journal of Microelectromechanical Systems},
A new class of bistable mechanisms, the fully compliant tensural bistable micromechanism (FTBM) class, is introduced. The class consists of linear bistable micromechanisms that undergo tension loads, in addition to the bending loads present, through their range of motion. Proof-of-concept designs fabricated in two different microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) surface micromachining processes were demonstrated. Three sets of refined designs within the FTBM class were designed using… CONTINUE READING


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