Prismatic joint

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Prismatic joint seen in 2-dimensional form, noting that the joint may only move in one direction. Bottom shows a sample piston cylinder cutout which utilizes a prismatic joint.

A prismatic joint provides a linear sliding movement between two bodies, and is often called a slider, as in the slider-crank linkage. A prismatic joint can be formed with a polygonal cross-section to resist rotation. See for example the dovetail joint and linear bearings.

The relative position of two bodies connected by a prismatic joint is defined by the amount of linear slide of one relative to the other one. This one parameter movement identifies this joint as a one degree of freedom kinematic pair.[1]

Prismatic joints provide single-axis sliding often found in hydraulic and pneumatic cylinders.[2]

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  1. ^ Norton, Robert L. (2008). "2". Design of Machinery (4th ed.). Boston, MA: McGraw Hill Higher Education. p. 33. ISBN 978-0-07-312158-1. 
  2. ^ Robotics Research Group. "Joint Types". University of Texas at Austin. Retrieved 2009-02-04.