With the development of minimally invasive surgery (MIS) technology, higher requirements are put forward for the performance of remote center of motion (RCM) manipulator. This paper presents the conceptual design of a novel two-degrees-of-freedom (2-DOF) spherical RCM mechanism, whose axes of all revote joints share the same RCM. Compared with the existing design, the proposed mechanism indicates a compact design and high structure stability, and the same scissor-like linkage makes it easy to realize modular design. It also has the advantages of singularity-free and motion decoupling in its workspace, which simplifies the implementation and control of the manipulator. In addition, compared with the traditional spherical scissor linkage mechanism, the proposed mechanism adds a rotation constraint on the output shaft to provide better operating performance. In this paper, the kinematics and singularities of different cases are deduced and compared, and the kinematic model of the best case is established. According to the workspace and constraints in MIS, the optimal structural parameters of the mechanism are determined by dimensional synthesis with the goal of optimal global operation performance. Furthermore, a prototype is assembled to verify the performance of the proposed mechanism. The experimental results show that the two-degrees-of-freedom prototype can provide a reliable RCM point. The compact design makes the manipulator have potential application prospects in MIS.
Journal of Mechanisms and Robotics Open Issues