This MS thesis research presented a computer analysis and simulation of a 3-R planar robot. The robot was designed by the Space Coast Team for the 1997 F.I.R.S.T. robotic competition and it was analyzed using Adams 8.2, a powerful commercial program for simulating and analyzing mechanical systems. Three different cases were studied in order to compare the results from the computer analysis on a relatively simple model to actual experimental data. The purpose of this work was to determine the degree of sophistication required in computer models in order to obtain results which are near actual hardware performance.