The paper provides an overview of systematic design procedures and applications of compliant transmissions, which rely on elastic deformation to achieve, intended motion/force transmission function. The mechanisms described in this paper have compliance distributed throughout the structure without employing flexural hinges. Stroke-amplification mechanisms integrated with electrostatic linear actuators and thermal actuators in MEMS domain, and piezoceramic actuators ate illustrated as some of the applications of single-piece compliant transmissions. Additionally the concept of distributed compliance is illustrated with applications to shape-changing structures such as adaptive airfoils.

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