Jansen linkages

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Technique: Jansen linkages
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Tools: Wrenches
Parts: Frames, Bolts, Nuts, End caps
Techniques: Bolting, Live hinges

Introduction

Jansen's linkage is a planar leg mechanism designed by the kinetic sculptor Theo Jansen to generate a smooth walking motion. Jansen has used his mechanism in a variety of kinetic sculptures which are known as Strandbeesten (Dutch for "beach beasts"). Jansen's linkage bears artistic as well as mechanical merit for its simulation of organic walking motion using a simple rotary input.

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