A design methodology considering the issue of manufacturability, in particular, is presented for synthesizing high-performance articulating robotic systems fabricated with optimally-tailored composite laminates. By optimally specifying the types of fiber, matrix, stacking sequence, fiber volume fraction, fiber layups, etc., the synthesized composite material may possess significantly superior characteristics such as high damping, high stiffness, high strength and low mass.

In accordance with the design requirements, the minimum deflection during articulating motion or the fast settling time after the power stopped, the design objectives and constraint conditions were specified. As an illustrative example, a two-link robot manipulator fabricated with aforementioned composite laminates is employed for demonstrating the proposed design methodology.

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