Positioning and Motion Hexapods

Positioning hexapods use three pairs of parallel actuators supporting a platform to position the objects they support through six “degrees of freedom” (6DOF) along their x, y, and z axes. They do this at precise settings of pitch, roll, and yaw. These hexapods give scientists and researchers the flexibility to optimally position or align samples on beamlines, satellites, telescopes, and other electro-optical components or instruments.

Motion hexapods simulate how land vehicles, planes, ships, or military vehicles move to test the response of instruments that may be aboard them. Large motion hexapods serve in flight simulators for training as well.

Engineers, astronomers, spacecraft builders, and optical manufacturers all use hexapods for alignment, testing, and calibration. When choosing one for a particular application, it’s important to consider whether the hexapod and the instrument it supports will be in motion. Also, note the maximum load the hexapod can support, the travel range, speed, acceleration, and accuracy required. For more information, visit our hexapod applications page.

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