This paper studies the geometric design of spatial two degrees of freedom, open loop robot manipulators with revolute joints that perform tasks, which require the positioning of the end-effector in three spatial locations. This research is important in situations where a robotic manipulator or mechanism with a small number of joint degrees of freedom is designed to perform higher degree of freedom end-effector tasks. The loop-closure geometric equations provide eighteen design equations in eighteen unknowns. Polynomial Elimination techniques are used to solve these equations and obtain the manipulator Denavit and Hartenberg parameters. A sixth order polynomial is obtained in one of the design parameters. Only two of the six roots of the polynomial are real and they correspond to two different robot manipulators that can reach the desired end-effector poses.

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