The variants of general three-legged planar robot platforms are enumerated and classified. Constraint surfaces corresponding to individual platform legs in the kinematic mapping image space are classified and parametrized. The parametric equations are free from representational singularities. The entire set consists of hyperboloids of one sheet and hyperbolic paraboloids. This result corrects an oversight in the body of literature. These surfaces have important applications to the kinematic analysis of planar three-legged robot platforms, hence appropriate attention should be given to their classification.

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Mechanism and Machine Theory
Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Hayes, M.J.D, & Husty, M.L. (M. L.). (2003). On the kinematic constraint surfaces of general three-legged planar robot platforms. Mechanism and Machine Theory, 38(5), 379–394. doi:10.1016/S0094-114X(02)00128-3