Design of an adjustable arm-supported table that is counterbalanced against gravity
Author(s)Olle, Chase R
Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Department of Mechanical Engineering.
David Robert Wallace.
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A prototype system was designed and constructed that used a wall-mounted, counterbalanced mechanical arm to support a workspace that can be adjusted for position. Possible applications of the system include use as a writing desk, dynamic toolbox and use supporting home electronics such as computer screens and television screens. The prototype uses gas springs to counterbalance the system against the effects of gravity. The workspace can be raised, lowered, pushed in and out in the horizontal direction and can be rotated about a fixed base. Once a user releases the table the system will maintain that position without additional support. The system has an effective range of 149cm in the horizontal direction, 91cm in the vertical direction and can be rotated in an 180° sweep about the base.
Thesis (S.B.)--Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Department of Mechanical Engineering, 2013.Cataloged from PDF version of thesis.Includes bibliographical references (page 28).
DepartmentMassachusetts Institute of Technology. Department of Mechanical Engineering.; Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Department of Mechanical Engineering
Massachusetts Institute of Technology