Kinematic calibration is a process that estimates the actual values of geometric parameters to minimize the error in absolute positioning. Measuring all the components of Cartesian posture assure identification of all parameters. However, measuring all components, particularly the orientation, can be difficult and expensive. On the other hand, with partial pose measurements, experimental procedure is simpler. However, all parameters may not be identifiable. This paper proposes a new device that can be used to identify all kinematic parameters with partial pose measurements. Study is performed for a 6 DOF (degree-of-freedom) fully parallel Hexa Slide manipulator. The device, however, is general and can be used for other parallel manipulators. The proposed device consists of a link with U joints on both sides and is equipped with a rotary sensor and a biaxial inclinometer. When attached between the base and the mobile platform, the device restricts the end-effector’s motion to 5 DOF and measures two position components and one rotation component of the end-effector. Numerical analyses of the identification Jacobian reveal that all parameters are identifiable. Computer simulations show that the identification is robust for the errors in the initial guess and the measurement noise. Intrinsic inaccuracies of the device can significantly deteriorate the calibration results. A measurement procedure is proposed and cost functions are discussed to prevent propagation of the inaccuracies to the calibration results.

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