In this paper, a computational approach suitable to compute the instantaneous mobility of manipulators in any kind of configuration (either singular or nonsingular) using a general purpose software is presented. Although the procedure is applicable to any formulation of the velocity equation, in this paper authors have used a point-based jacobian formulation of the manipulator. The end-effector’s instantaneous mobility is analyzed, first discriminating among its rotational, translational and passive freedoms, and then computing its principal screws. Then, either its instantaneous screw systems or certain instantaneous pitch surfaces can be depicted. The approach is illustrated with its application to the 3-URU DYMO parallel manipulator.

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