The paper presents the position analysis of a spatial structure composed of two platforms mutually connected by one RRP and three SS serial kinematic chains, where R, P, and S stand for revolute, prismatic, and spherical kinematic pair respectively. A set of three compatibility equations is laid down that, following algebraic elimination, results in a 28th-order univariate algebraic equation, which in turn provides the addressed problem with 28 solutions in the complex domain. Among the applications of the results presented in this paper is the solution to the forward kinematics of the Tricept, a well-known in-parallel-actuated spatial manipulator. Numerical examples show adoption of the proposed method in dealing with two case studies.

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