What is a hexapod?
A hexapod, or Stewart platform, is a parallel kinematics system composed of six struts to provide motion and accuracy for positioning, following six Degrees Of Freedom, or commonly abbreviated 6 DOF, which are x, y, z, pitch, roll and yaw.
What is it used for?
With its six actuators, a hexapod is capable of moving in any direction or orientation, generating strong and dynamic motions and controlling those motions. Therefore, it is used to test materials, products and for swell simulations.
Hexapods are frequently used in industries like shipbuilding, spatial, aeronautics, automotive, optics, medical, nuclear, electronics, and by many research centers.
- Very high accuracy
- Less errors due to a simple structure
- Better stiffness ratio
- Strong kinematics: more payload
- Better inertia
- Intuitive control
- Pivot point can be tuned
- Easy accessibility for payload installation