This paper presents the non-linear analysis of a shape memory alloy (SMA) actuated fully compliant spatial parallel mechanism. A compliant mechanism made of SMA wires as its actuators and SMA pipe as its structural member that exploits both the shape memory and superelastic effects is proposed and its static analysis using ANSYS is presented in this study. Finite element analysis in a multi-physics environment considering geometric and material non-linearities helps the user to analyse complex behaviour of a system. For the proposed mechanism, simulation results show: (a) 4 per cent strain for SMA actuation is optimal considering the geometric non-linearity of the proposed mechanism for obtaining maximum displacement; (b) buckling effect is less predominant while implementing the superelastic behaviour; and (c) the mechanism can be designed as a compliant device with one or more inflexion points by exploiting the superelasticity of the SMA pipe. The knowledge obtained from the simulation study could help in further miniaturization of the manipulator. © IMechE 2008.