In spherical mechanisms, the instantaneous pole axes play the same role as the instant centers in planar mechanisms. Notwithstanding this, they are not fully exploited to study the kinematic behavior of spherical mechanisms as the instant centers are for planar mechanisms. The first step to make their use possible and friendly is the availability of efficient techniques to determine them. This paper presents a general method to determine the instantaneous pole axes in single-dof spherical mechanisms as a function of the mechanism configuration. The presented method is directly deduced from a algorithm already proposed by the author for the determination of the instant centers in single-dof planar mechanisms.

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