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Mechanism Lexicon

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A mechanism lexicona for the design of mechanisms is constantly being developed at the institute. The mechanism lexicon is available as a desktop version for installation and use in offline mode since 2000. From the fourth version, released in 2017, the mechanism dictionary and virtual mechanism model collection have been merged as web and desktop versions. Thus, the mechanism lexicon can also be used on mobile devices.


Mechanism Model Collection

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Virtual access to the mechanism model collection has been created as part of the DMG-Lib project. Just take advantage of the opportunity and take a look at our models in detail. Interactive content, e.g. 3D models, are provided in addition to detailed information on all demonstration models.



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The Digital Mechanisms and Gear Library (short name: DMG-Lib) is a research information service center under development with the objective of gathering, preserving, networking and presenting the vast body of knowledge about mechanisms and transmissions to a broad public.

The DMG-Lib online portal allows the general public to search the entire field of knowledge from a variety of aspects, such as search for terms, gear structure or feature-describing characteristics.


HINGE - interactive homepage for the mechanics technology



Tool2Task - tool for automatic task generation in mechanics technology


The aim of Tool2Task is to provide a tool that automatically generates tasks and makes them available to the students individually. After the student selects a task type and difficulty level, the web-based tool randomly creates a task with short solution and sample solution for students, which can be distributed either as a website or as PDF. The tool can be used as a basis for electronic self-tests to control learning success, to create individual tasks within the framework of serious gamification or electronic tests to gain bonus points.


  • Generation of any number of tasks
  • Creation of short solution and sample solution
  • Step-by-step, detailed understanding of the solutions
  • Central provision of an exercise platform
  • Different degrees of difficulty




The program KINTOP was developed at the IGMR for the kinematic analysis of plane crank gears and mechanisms. It is possible to calculate the motion quantities (position, velocity, acceleration) of all gear elements and to generate motion animations within this program. Trajectories, velocity and acceleration vectors as well as speed odographs of arbitrary points can be displayed. All results can be saved in text files and processed further.


GENESYS (Prof. Braune)


GENESYS can be used to process any type of kinematically planar gear with rigid links and backlash-free joints. All practically relevant joint types are supported, in particular also arbitrarily shaped rolling or sliding curve pairings. With regard to the realistic detection of friction effects in joints, the design-related spatial stratification of the gear members and joints is taken into account in kinetic studies if necessary.




The provision of digital teaching materials has been standard in numerous courses for several years. The materials are used for the follow-up of the face-to-face course and usually do not differ in content from it, nor do they go beyond it or offer the possibility of a learning status check.

The TOM3 project aims to close this gap with regard to the course "Machine Design 3" (MG3). The aim of TOM3 is the creation of self-contained learning units, so-called online tutorials, on individual topics of the course. These consist of a video sequence (recording of the presence event) with explanatory text elements, various multimedia contents (pictures, diagrams, CAD models) to illustrate the topic as well as a learning control in the form of multiple choice questions or crossword puzzles. In this way, students are given the opportunity to independently study the contents of the course with subsequent success control as well as independently of time and space.



Institute of Mechanism Theory, Machine Dynamics and Robotics

RWTH Aachen University

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52062 Aachen



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