Back in 2009 we released the original Hexapod, a 6 DOF parallel robot capable of producing highly accurate motions while moving payloads of 100 kg. The device is currently in use around the world, serving research facilities and universities, with applications ranging from earthquake research to bite analysis of Saber Tooth Tiger.
Although the performance of the first version is excellent, we acted on a feedback from our customers to improve the Hexapod, so that it can meet their needs even better. Users were looking for higher payload capabilities and more compact system - and we delivered. We are pleased to announce that a new generation of the Quanser Hexapod is now available.
The system has been made much more compact: all power amplification, brake logic, data acquisition and interfacing electronics have been moved into the base of the Hexapod. Whereas the original device required a separate Q8 interfacing card, two large rack-mount amplifiers with a set of five thick cables, all you need is now is a single USB cable to connect the Hexapod to your QUARC-enabled PC or laptop.
The torque capacity of each of the six motors have been more than doubled, ultimately increasing the payload capacity to 250 kg. This was accomplished without losing any of the device's accuracy. At the same time, we improved the design of a passive joint to handle the increased payloads.
With all these improvements, the users get a system even stiffer than before.
- Derry Crymble -