Parasitic motion is undesired in precision mechanisms, it causes unwanted kinematics. These erroneous motions are especially apparent in compliant mechanisms. Usually an analysis of parasitic motion is only valid for one type of mechanism. Kinematic information is imbedded in the compliance matrix of any mechanism; an eigenscrew decomposition expresses this kinematic information as screws. It uses screw theory to identify the lines along which a force yields a parallel translation and a rotation yields a parallel moment. These lines are called eigenwrenches and eigentwists. Any other load on the compliant mechanism will lead to parasitic motion. This article introduces two parasitic motion metrics using eigenscrew decomposition: the parasitic resultant from an applied screw and the deviation of an actual degree of freedom from a desired degree of freedom. These metrics are applicable to all compliant mechanism and allow comparison between two compliant mechanisms. These metrics are applied to some common compliant mechanisms as an example.

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