6 Degrees of Freedom, Unlimited Degrees of Application
The Hexapod is a parallel robotic device with six degrees of freedom (DOF). It’s capable of moving heavy loads at high accelerations within a small workspace. The Hexapod offers a wide range of applications: earthquake and flight simulation, vibration studies and more. This stewart platform is easily controllable, seamlessly integrated by QUARC®, Matlab® and Simulink®. Unlike most commercially available stewart platforms, the Hexapod is driven by superior electrical motors. They make this 6 DOF motion platform accurate and responsive yet low-maintenance – ideal for advanced research.
Applicable Research Topics
This 6 DOF motion platform can be utilized for a broad variety of research topics such as:
- Vibration isolation
- Earthquake simulation
- Motion platforms
- Immersive arcade games
- Flight Simulators
- Structural dynamics
Industrial-Grade Performance will Move You
This motion platform carries heavy loads up to 250 kg. Comprised of a six linear ball-screw actuators, it is driven by six DC motors. The ball-screw is based on a high-quality, low backlash linear guide with a total travel of 30 cm (i.e. ± 15 cm) and is driven by a high torque direct drive motor. All six arms of the platform meet at a flat rectangular base, the end-effector of the robot. A revoult joint fastens the arms to each motor. For maximum safety, a motor brake control employs the Hexapod’s brakes when the joints reach their limit. This ensures the powerful motors do not damage the device or the load it carries. Motor position feedback for all six motors is provided by optical encoders that measure the angular position of the motor shaft. An optional six axes ATI force/torque sensor can be installed on the end-effector to capture measurements of forces and torques along all degrees of freedom.
Mechatronics Control Kit