Flexure-based Manipulator for Active Handheld Microsurgical Instrument

David Choi and Cameron Riviere
Proceedings of the 27th Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (EMBS), September, 2005, pp. 2325 - 2328.


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Abstract
This paper presents the design and initial experimental results of a flexure-based parallel manipulator that is actuated by three piezoelectric stacks. The manipulator is for an active handheld tremor canceling device for microsurgery. By using flexures to approximate pin and ball joints, errors due to friction, backlash, and imperfect assemblies have been eliminated. The results show that the manipulator is capable of tracking motions similar to physiological tremor in amplitude and frequency. The workspace of the manipulator is more than 7 times larger than the tremor space in the x and y axes, and about 1.5 times larger in the z axis. One dimensional and three dimensional tracking tests had rms errors of 6.5 ? and 12.1 ? respectively.

Notes
Associated Center(s) / Consortia: Medical Robotics Technology Center
Associated Lab(s) / Group(s): Surgical Mechatronics Laboratory
Associated Project(s): Micron: Intelligent Microsurgical Instruments
Number of pages: 4

Text Reference
David Choi and Cameron Riviere, "Flexure-based Manipulator for Active Handheld Microsurgical Instrument," Proceedings of the 27th Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (EMBS), September, 2005, pp. 2325 - 2328.

BibTeX Reference
@inproceedings{Choi_2005_5142,
   author = "David Choi and Cameron Riviere",
   title = "Flexure-based Manipulator for Active Handheld Microsurgical Instrument",
   booktitle = "Proceedings of the 27th Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (EMBS)",
   pages = "2325 - 2328",
   month = "September",
   year = "2005",
}