Powerful new simulation software from PI (Physik Instrumente) determines if a hexapod is suitable for a specific positioning task, in terms of workspace, load, center of mass, and operating orientation. The tool helps in making the correct choice for the application at hand.
A hexapod, also known as a Stewart Platform, offers motion in 6 degrees of freedom (XYZ, pitch, roll, yaw). Different models are available to handle loads up to 2,000 kg. The parallel kinematic design provides a tremendous advantage over conventional multi-axis positioners constructed from a stack of single axis stages.
The flexible concept of hexapods can easily solve complex motion and alignment problems in fields including optics, photonics, precision automation, automotive, and medical engineering.
With a large basis of standard precision motion products and proven methodologies, PI is in the position to quickly modify existing designs or provide a fully customized OEM solution to fit the exact requirements of your application from the whole motion range from finger-tip sized nano-positioners to large scale stages with long travel ranges, through a plethora of different drives and guiding systems.
For more information, visit www.pi-usa.us/en.
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