Luke C. Lococo, Kahra Gikanga Loding, Ryan Joseph Rotsching, Benjamin Michael Schaiper


Presentation: 9:00-10:15, Kennedy Union Ballroom



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Researchers in Mechanical Engineering at SUNY Stony Brook have recently developed a free-access, online tool called MotionGen which enables users to virtually synthesize and assemble 2-dimensional mechanisms. Designers can then animate the mechanisms and observe the motion to assess performance. The course MEE 321 Theory of Machines, a requirement in the University of Dayton Mechanical Engineering curriculum, focuses on the analysis and use of these systems. MotionGen provides a new resource for bringing the static images from that course's content to life via animations. MotionGen assists students in gaining exposure to functioning mechanisms by helping visualize how linkages move, thus building a stronger understanding of the fundamental concepts for the course. A student team has created a significant number of short videos which range from simple mechanisms in motion to example videos breaking down complicated concepts like the “seize and fix” methodology for assessing degrees of freedom.

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Independent Research

Primary Advisor

Andrew P. Murray, Dave Harry Myszka

Primary Advisor's Department

Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering


Stander Symposium, School of Engineering

Using MotionGen to Help Teach Concepts from Machine Theory