This paper examines the symbolic kinematic modeling of a general 6-P-U-S (prismatic-universal-spherical) parallel kinematic manipulator (PKM). The base location of actuators has been previously shown to lead to: (i) reduction of the (motor) weight carried by the legs; (ii) elimination of the actuation transmission requirement (through intermediary joints as in the case of the Stewart-Gough platform); and (iii) most-importantly absorption of reaction-forces by the ground. We focus on using the symbolic equations to derive the conditions for type I and II singularities of this class of parallel manipulators. Based on these conditions, this system of equations is specialized to a specific configuration of the platform that has superior structural design and comparatively minimal singularities within its workspace. A series of studies were conducted to investigate the quality of workspace as well as estimate the actuation requirements for a unit payload carried over their workspace using the symbolic Jacobian model for this specialized configuration.

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