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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 often for swell simulation, or to precisely align components.
Hexapods are frequently used in industries such as shipbuilding, space, aeronautics, automotive, optics, medical, nuclear, electronics, and by many research centers and universities.
WHICH ADVANTAGES ?
► Very high accuracy
► Less errors due to a simple structure
► Better stiffness to mass ratio
► More payload due to strong parallel kinematics
► Better inertia
► Intuitive control
► Pivot point can be tuned
► Easy accessibility for payload installation