FlexLinks were developed for quick turn-around proof-of-concept prototyping of compliant mechanisms by the BYU Compliant Mechanism Research Group. Combined with commercial components from the LEGO Group, custom compliant components can be used to build a wide range of compliant mechanisms. Have fun discovering and experimenting new ways to incorporate them into your creative designs!
FlexLinks can either be 3D printed or cut out of polypropylene with a mill, CNC router, or water jet.
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The FlexLinks can be 3D printed, milled, cut with a water jet, or cut with a CNC router. You'll get the best results cutting them out of polypropylene. If cutting them out of polypropylene, use a 1/8".
The FlexLinks can be 3D printed, but depending on the material used, there are limitations to flexibility and fatigue life. This piece specifically will perform much better milled out of polypropylene.
Mill, CNC Router, or Water Jet Cutter
Cut out this design on a sheet of 1/8" polypropylene