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Collapsing Mechanisms or Products

Posted: March 22nd, 2007, 4:13 pm
by josht
Just wondering if anyone might have some products or mechanisms they have an example of that can collapse, fold, or get smaller in a way they thought was cool.

Posted: March 22nd, 2007, 6:13 pm
by pinchseal

Posted: March 22nd, 2007, 10:20 pm
by cuototo
Are you trying to find something in particular?

Have you checked on camping and survival stuff? It is full of examples of collapsible products.

I guess that convertible cars have some cool mechanisms too.

Posted: March 23rd, 2007, 12:57 pm
by josht
Nothing in particular. Pretty much anything that would help spark some ideas. Thanks!

Posted: March 23rd, 2007, 3:18 pm
by cuototo
a couple more:

Folding bicycles?
Mountain bikes suspension systems
Not that I like the subject, but there are some weapons that have sophisticated mechanisms too.
Also see Dough Chiang's work on Star Wars and Robota.

Per mollerup's Collapsibles

Posted: March 23rd, 2007, 4:47 pm
by VanDeBar
You should definitively give a look at Per Mollerup’s “Collapsibles” book, which covers pretty much all types of collapsible mechanism. All collapsible mechanism are regrouped in categories with a lot of illustrated examples. Its really a book that is oriented towards design

http://www.amazon.com/Collapsibles-Per- ... 0500513015

Check it out!