Optimal kinematic design of a haptic pen

TitleOptimal kinematic design of a haptic pen
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2001
AuthorsStocco, L. J., S. E. Salcudean, and F. Sassani
JournalMechatronics, IEEE/ASME Transactions on
Pagination210 -220
Date Publishedsep.
Keywords6-DOF robots, actuators, discrete optimization, haptic interface, haptic interfaces, haptic pen, isotropy index, kinematics, manipulator kinematics, minimax technique, minimax techniques, parallel platform robots

This paper investigates the performance demands of a haptic interface and shows how this information can be used to design a suitable mechanism. A design procedure, previously developed by the authors (1996), consisting of a global isotropy index and a discrete optimization algorithm, allows one to compare a range of geometric variables, actuator scale factors, and even different robot devices for optimum performance. The approach is used to compare the performance of three 6-DOF robots including two well-known parallel platform robots and a novel hybrid robot called the Twin-Pantograph in terms of their semi-dextrous workspaces and static force capabilities. Since the Twin-Pantograph yields the best results, its design is refined to address practical constraints and it is implemented as a haptic pen. The performance of the resulting design is analysed and presented


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