The multiobjective optimization of a four-degree-of-freedom symmetric parallel manipulator for Schönflies-motion generation is the subject of this paper. First, the inverse positioning problem is discussed, along with its velocity analysis. The workspace is then analyzed, thereby deriving a closed-form expression of the workspace volume, which depends on the orientation of the moving platform. Next, the isotropic design of the manipulator is obtained. Then, the dexterity analysis of the manipulator is conducted, which is one objective of the optimum design of the manipulator, a second objective being a normalized workspace volume. Finally, the results of the optimization process are reported in terms of a set of Pareto-optimum pairs of the design parameters.

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