The Hexapod is a six degrees of freedom parallel robotic motion platform capable of moving heavy loads (up to 100 kg) at high acceleration, within a small workspace. The smart mechanical design, along with accurate and stiff machined components make this robot an excellent test bed for cutting-edge research in a wide range of areas, including vibration isolation, structural dynamics, immersive simulations and rehabilitation.
Unlike most commercially available stewart platforms, the Hexapod is driven by superior electrical motors which make this 6 DOF motion platform precise, responsive and low-maintenance.
For experiments of increased complexity, the Hexapod surface can accommodate various structures, such as Quanser 1 Floor and 2 Floor Active Mass Dampers.
The Hexapod, comprised of a six linear ball-screw actuators, 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 revolute 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.
The Hexapod is controllable through seamless integration of QUARC® and MATLAB®/Simulink®. Using Quanser’s novel data acquisition technology, users can interface to Hexapod through a USB connection, while maintaining a high real-time performance.
Note: The Hexapod is not available for purchase in USA, Japan and Taiwan. For details please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
¹ Assuming other five DOFs held at home position.
² Please contact Quanser for full operational bandwidth specifications.
The Hexapod is designed primarily for research applications. Currently, no courseware material for teaching labs is provided by Quanser.
To set up your Hexapod workstation, you need additional components. Quanser engineers recommend: