Parallel manipulators with a rotation-symmetric arm system possess all the typical advantages of parallel robots, such as high acceleration and high-accuracy positioning. Contrary to the majority of proposed parallel manipulators, the rotation-symmetric arm system leads to a large workspace in relation to the footprint of the manipulator. This paper focuses on a subclass of these manipulators with additional favorable qualities, including low inertia and high eigenfrequencies. These qualities are achieved using only 5-DOF lower arm links and by mounting all actuators on the nonmoving base column of the manipulator. The common feature of all previously proposed manipulators in this subclass is identified and several novel 3-DOF and 4-DOF members are introduced.

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