PI hexapods support loads from 2 to 1000 kg

July 12, 2016
The H-140 and H-860 hexapods derive 6-axis movement from actuators placed in parallel between a top and bottom platform.

The H-140 and H-860 hexapods are six-degree-of-freedom (DOF) motion systems that derive 6-axis movement (XYZ, pitch, and yaw) from actuators placed in parallel between a top and bottom platform. They are available in various sizes with bases ranging from 100 mm to 1 m and different stiffness configurations, and support loads from 2 to 1000 kg. The H-840 version was used in a test of a drone-mounted camera as it goes through a series of motions (see video).

The hexapods include parallel kinematic design and a six-axis vector motion controller to provide smooth vectorized motion, and a randomized, user-defined pivot point (center of rotation) can be changed on the fly by one software command. Software for alignment and tracking, as well as for defining trajectories and sinusoidal curves with high accuracy, is also included. Applications include motion simulation, industrial production, precision machining, automotive, image stabilization test equipment, vibration simulation, precision positioning, and alignment of opto-mechanical components.
PI (Physik Instrumente)
Auburn, MA


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