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High Precision Compliant Parallel Robot With an Optimized Large Workspace

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Annika Raatz, Jan Wrege, Sven Soetebier, Jürgen Hesselbach

Technical University Braunschweig, Braunschweig, Germany

Paper No. DETC2004-57399, pp. 1007-1014; 8 pages
  • ASME 2004 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference
  • Volume 2: 28th Biennial Mechanisms and Robotics Conference, Parts A and B
  • Salt Lake City, Utah, USA, September 28–October 2, 2004
  • Conference Sponsors: Design Engineering Division and Computers and Information in Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 0-7918-4695-4 | eISBN: 0-7918-3742-4
  • Copyright © 2004 by ASME


In this paper a macro parallel robot is presented in which conventional bearings are replaced by pseudo-elastic flexure hinges. The robot consists of a spatial parallel structure with three translational degrees of freedom and is driven by three linear direct drives. The structure has been optimized with respect to workspace and transmission ratio. Additionally, in simulations with the FEM tool ANSYS different geometrical arrangements and combinations of flexure hinges have been investigated with respect to the dynamic behavior of the compliant mechanism. Due to the symmetrical character of the structure and the optimized design of the combined flexure hinges the structure is very stiff. The experimental measured repeatability of the compliant robot is below 0.3 μm.

Copyright © 2004 by ASME
Topics: Robots



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