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Two-axis angular effector

United States Patent

5,596,254
January 21, 1997
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A new class of coplanar two-axis angular effectors. These effectors combine a two-axis rotational joint analogous to a Cardan joint with linear actuators in a manner to produce a wider range of rotational motion about both axes defined by the joint. This new class of effectors also allows design of robotic manipulators having very high strength and efficiency. These effectors are particularly suited for remote operation in unknown surroundings, because of their extraordinary versatility. An immediate application is to the problems which arise in nuclear waste remediation.
Vaughn; Mark R. (Albuquerque, NM), Robinett, III; Rush D. (Tijeras, NM), Phelan; John R. (Albuquerque, NM), Van Zuiden; Don M. (Albuquerque, NM)
Sandia Corporation (Albuquerque, NM)
08/ 289,979
August 12, 1994
This invention was made with Government support under Contract DE-AC0494DP85000 awarded by the U.S. Department of Energy. The Government has certain rights in the invention.