New Methods for Developing and Manufacturing Compliant Mechanisms Utilizing Bulk Metallic Glass


  • Part of this research was carried out at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, under a contract with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and funded through the Center Innovation Fund. This work was partially supported by NASA's Exploration Systems Mission Directorate under contract no. NNH10ZTT001N, NASA's Office of Education through contract no. NNX13AB34A, and the National Science Foundation and the Air Force Office of Scientific Research through NSF Grant No. 1240417. Supporting Information is available online from Wiley Online Library or from the author.



Compliant mechanisms rely on the elastic bending of thin members to generate motion. In the paper by Homer, et al., bulk metallic glasses (BMGs) are shown to have an optimal combination of mechanical properties and processing ability, making them ideal for complex, low-cost compliant mechanisms.