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Nathan D.

Masters (2002) has been developed A three degree-of-freedom (3DOF) Pseudo-Rigid-Body Model (PRBM) for a design of a new class of Self-Retracting Fully compliant Bistable Micromechanism, or SRFBM. The SRFBM provides smalldisplacement linear travel bistability and is suitable for low-power microswitching applications. Although the 3DOF model is an improvement over the single DOF model, the simpler 1DOF model is quite accurate in identifying bistable configurations early in the design process. The design process involved a combination of single and multiple degree-of-freedom PRBM and finite element models to quickly proceed from a rigidbody concept to fully compliant fabrication-ready geometry.