Newport Corporation (Irvine, CA) has introduced the HXP1000 Hexapod, a high-load, 6-axis-parallel kinematic positioning system. The large hexapod is extraordinarily compact for its load capacity, measuring 550 mm diameter and 395 mm at its nominal height. Applications include optics and satellite assembly and testing, wafer alignment and bonding, X-Ray diffraction, biotechnology, surgery, materials analysis, astronomy, micromachining/micro-manipulation, sensor calibration, and simulation. Features include:

  • Accommodation of a centered load of 450 kg or a load of 200 kg in any orientation.
  • Up to six degrees of motion and flexible coordinate systems or pivot points.
  • Backlash-free cardan joints.
  • No moving cables and no accumulation of motion errors.

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