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**Conventional
mechanism design techniques**

The
traditional mechanism design process involved making physical prototypes
and testing them for performance. These prototypes gave some idea
about the way the final mechanism behaved. However, making these
prototypes cost enormous amount of time, money, and human labor.
For an optimized design the whole procedure had to be repeated several
times. It took **a few months or years** to arrive at an acceptable
solution.

When
labor became scarce and competition to come up with faster designs increased
in the industry, engineers and designers started using hand calculators
to solve the underlying mathematical equations and arrive at an acceptable
design. The trade-off with this strategy, however, was that the equations
were too cumbersome and the engineer was very much likely to make an
error. Moreover, arriving at each design took some time and
all computations had to be repeated to reach an acceptable solution.
Even with modern calculators this procedure takes **a few days** to
reach completion.

**Why
is LINCAGES** **better at mechanism design?**

LINCAGES
simplifies the task several folds and helps the us get results very efficiently.

LINCAGES
enables us to solve the design problem and evaluate the merits of the design
at a thousand times faster and more accurate than conventional design techniques.
Using LINCAGES software, the design specifications such as design
points and angles can be explicitly and accurately specified and the first
solution or mechanism (which need not be optimal) obtained **instantly**.
Different mechanisms can be obtained by simply choosing different sets
of design positions or moving the pivots along the design curves (called
Burmester curves). This can also be accomplished by navigating through
a color coded solution map which represents the entire solution space and
a pointer to the currently displayed mechanism. An optimal solution
can be obtained within **a few seconds or minutes** of iteration by
the designer on the computer. And the solution obtained is very accurate
since the computer is solving the equation in no time while you are relaxing!

Time
and again, practicing engineers, researchers, and university students
around the world have admitted that **LINCAGES solves the design
problem enormously fast and accurately, and is very much superior to all
techniques they have ever used. It is one of the few commercial solutions
that can perform both synthesis and analysis of mechanisms with the variety
of options it provides to the designer.**

**In
what form is LINCAGES available?**

LINCAGES
is currently available on popular platforms like IRIX and Macintosh.
We also have versions for Solaris and DOS. **The development
team in the University of Minnesota has developed a version for Windows and is continuing the development.**

**Who
sells LINCAGES?**

Minnesota
Technology Transfer (MINTT), a company founded in 1985, sells LINCAGES.