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Posted: Sep 02, 2008

PI Introduces the World's Smallest Commercial Hexapod Micropositioning System

(Nanowerk News) Nanopositioning specialist PI has introduced the world's smallest commercially available electro-mechanical, high-force Hexapod 6-axis micropositioning system.
After two decades of Hexapod design and manufacturing experience, PI electro-mechanical Hexapods and piezo Hexapods are among the most advanced multiaxis precision positioning systems in the world. The new M-810 ultra-compact miniature Hexapod is no exception.
PI M-810 Miniature Hexapod
Features and Advantages of the M-810 Miniature Hexapod
  • High-Force 6-Axis Hexapod with 5 kg Load Capacity
  • Very Compact: 10 cm Diameter, 11.8 cm Height
  • Sub-Micron Resolution
  • Long Travel Ranges to 40 mm (linear) and 60 (rotation)
  • Powerful Controller with Freely Definable Virtual Pivot Point
  • High Velocity of 10 mm/s
  • Operation in Any Orientation
  • Linear and Rotary Multi-Axis Scans
  • Parallel Kinematics Advantages
    Parallel-kinematic motion systems have a number of advantages over standard serial kinematic (stacked) positioning systems:
  • Only one Moving Platform, No Accumulation of Guiding and Lever-Arm Errors
  • No Moving Cables for Improved Reliability and Precision
  • Smaller Package Size
  • Increased Stiffness, Reduced Inertia, Better Dynamics
  • Virtual Pivot Point
  • Smaller Motors and Encoders, Compatible with Existing Controllers
    The limited space necessitated the usage of new technologies for encoders, motors and other integrated electronic components. Nevertheless, the M-810 is compatible with PI's tried and proven hexapod controllers that are supported by windows software and a library of drivers and programming examples for applications such as optical alignment etc.
    PI offers Hexapods with load ranges from 2 kg to >1000 kg.
    Datasheets and more information: http://www.physikinstrumente.com/en/news/fullnews.php?newsid=145
    About PI
    PI is a leading manufacturer of parallel kinematics precision positioning equipment, piezo stages and motors for photonics, astronomy, bio-nanotechnology and semiconductor applications. PI has been developing and manufacturing standard and custom precision products with piezoceramic and electromagnetic drives for 35+ years. The company has been ISO 9001 certified since 1994 and provides innovative, high-quality solutions for OEM and research. PI is present worldwide with eight subsidiaries and total staff of 450+
    Source: PI (press release)
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