Metamachine model

The Design of Innovative Machines Lab (the DIMLab) is home to the design team led by Dr. Drew Murray and Dr. Dave Myszka of the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department. The primary goal of the team is to create, design, build, and test novel machines and mechanisms for a variety of applications while generating the theory that supports these innovations. The DIMLab is in College Park Center, room 537, on the University of Dayton campus.


MechGen Mike McCarthy, author of An Introduction to Theoretical Kinematics and Geometric Design of Linkages, has released a commercial version of his mechanism design software:
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The DIMLab's shape-changing rigid-body mechanisms research was recognized by Mechanical Design 101 in 2014. The article can be accessed directly here.

Drew Murray was recognized for being elected to the grade of ASME Fellow at the International Design Engineering Technical Conferences in Buffalo, August 17-20, 2014.

Past student Seb Cotton is making news in 2014 for his Outrunner robot project. Be sure to watch the video!

Kevin Giaier won the Best Presentation Award in the Structures/Solid Mechanics division at the 9th Dayton Engineering Sciences Symposium. The ASME Dayton Section presented him with the award at the AIAA/ASME Honors & Awards Banquet on May 21st, 2014.

DIMLab M.S. student Josh Nieman was the star in a video that won the Siemens Urban Ideas Contest in 2013. His friends John Bernard and Nick Holliday made the video.

In 2013, Drew Murray received the Alumni Award for Faculty Teaching, the University of Dayton's highest recognition of teaching. A video was made to celebrate the accomplishment.

In 2012, Dave Myszka and Drew Murray received funding from the National Science Foundation to support the three-year project “Variable-Geometry Dies for Polymer Extrusion.” Visit the Variable Geometry Extrusion Die site.

In 2012, the University of Dayton started a “90 Second Lectures” series. As part of the series, Drew Murray presented Can You Lift the Empire State Building with the Weight of a Notebook?