Biomimetic Creatures Teach Mechanical Systems Design

  • Matthew A. Estrada
  • John C. Kegelman
  • J. Christian Gerdes
  • Mark R. CutkoskyEmail author
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 10384)


For over a decade, mechanical creatures have formed the basis for the final project in a large engineering class on mechanical systems design. Each year a different real or fictitious animal provides the inspiration and design requirements for synthesizing, fabricating, and analyzing mechanisms and power transmission systems to achieve a plausible biomimetic motion. We explore why biomimetic creatures are particularly suited to learning about mechanisms, and discuss implementation details and pedagogical insights based on our experience.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Matthew A. Estrada
    • 1
  • John C. Kegelman
    • 1
  • J. Christian Gerdes
    • 1
  • Mark R. Cutkosky
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.Stanford UniversityStanfordUSA

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