Auto-straightening system for flexible joint series?


Old 10-21-18, 01:11 AM
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Auto-straightening system for flexible joint series?


I am working on a project where I have a rectangular frame, but on cue (electronically or mechanically) one of the edges becomes flexible, so that it can be folded however the user wants, and used for a secondary purpose. (In context, I am working on a camera gimbal/frame, and the top of the frame can be removed to become a flexible slider, like but instead of a single, parabolic curve it can bend just like a

However, for the curved edge to fit back into its place in the frame, there needs to be some system, electronic (maybe electromagnets) or mechanical (maybe stretching it out with wire?) to straighten it out near-perfectly.

I was thinking about using ball-and-socket joints (like in, but I am unsure whether this would be the best option, provided the necessity for auto-straitening. I would greatly appreciate help with (a) what to use to make the fully-flexible edge; and (b) how to do the auto-straightening.

Any and all help is appreciated.
Old 10-21-18, 12:24 PM
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Welcome to the forums from the UK.

Would love to help but it's hard to understand exactly what you want.
You should put non-US in your user bio.

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