What’s New

What’s New in Books

  • The new 3rd edition of the Cam Design and Manufacturing Handbook has a new chapter on servo-driven mechanisms and updates to the text throughout.
  • Norton’s latest book “The Evolution of Engineering in the 20th Century” is available now at Barnes and Noble’s website. This book is a short memoir of the author’s experience of the revolution in engineering design, manufacturing, and education that took place in the second half of the 20th century.  That period spans the author’s career in engineering from his days as an apprentice machinist to his retirement as a distinguished professor of mechanical engineering. In between, he witnessed the introduction of computers, computer-aided design and manufacturing, and a complete revolution in the way engineering is taught in universities.  It is quite a story.
  • Automotive Milestones is available for order at Amazon.com and many other sites. This book explores the technological development of the automobile from its beginnings to the present. It tells the story of how the automobile’s major systems and subsystems developed over time and explains how they work in layman’s terms, without using complicated math. Combustion cycles, chassis layouts, engine types and designs, valve trains, transmissions, drive lines, suspension, steering, brakes, and body design – all are discussed in detail.
  • The 6th edition of Machine Design is now available. Its web-based software now includes a series of Master Lectures by Professor Norton on the subject of the text as well as eight short videos that demonstrate various principles of stress analysis and show examples of common machine parts such as springs, gears, and bearings.  Six videos that show real machinery in operation are also provided. Digital e-book versions will soon be available.
  • The 6th edition of Design of Machinery is now available as both a hardcover printed edition and a digital edition. Both are accompanied by over 180 videos including Master Lectures on the book topics. The Linkages, Dynacam, and Matrix programs are also provided.
  • The latest student versions of Design of Machinery’s programs can be downloaded from this site. But, access is limited to professors who have adopted the book for a class. Click hereto request a password if you qualify.
  • Student owners of Kinematics and Dynamics of Machinery can log in to download the book software.

What’s New in Programs


  • A web-based short course in cam design offers eight, 1-hour lectures on cam design by Professor Norton based on his 50 years experience designing cams and teaching the subject.  Professor access via email is also available along with the streamed video.  It also serves as a tutorial on program Dynacam.  Use this link. Cam Design Course
  • Paypal can be used to purchase software from this site. A purchase order, check, or wire transfer can still be used if preferred.
  • All programs can be network licensed on a Windows terminal server.  Contact us for details.
  • Program Linkages replaces the programs Fourbar, Fivebar, Sixbar, Slider, and Engine and combines all those linkages in one package, which now requires 64-bit Windows 10.
  • Dynacam and Dynacam Plus have been completely rewritten for compatibility with 64-bit Windows 10.
  • Dynacam Plus includes a feature that allows a measured or empirical cam profile to be imported.  The data is then splined and the cam functions created to analyze its dynamics or redesign it with better functions.
  • Dynacam Plus also allows the design of a cam-driven fourbar or sixbar linkage or slider follower train and can share data with program Linkages so that the cam-driven linkage designed in Dynacam can be dynamically analyzed in Linkages.