Machines | 1 MINUTE READ

Easily Upgrade Machines with Hexapods

Share

Facebook Share Icon LinkedIn Share Icon Twitter Share Icon Share by EMail icon Print Icon

If you are like me, you’ve never heard of a hexapod until recently (or now), but I put two and two together to figure out that it was a machining apparatus with six legs. I did a little more research on the topic to find that I was right (every now and then that college degree comes in handy).

A hexapod is an attachment that consists of six telescoping struts and converts conventional machining centers, boring mills, gantry mills and similar machines into machines that produce parts on a single setup compared with several operations on a conventional machine.

The hexapod attachment’s struts are paired around a fixed plate at one end. They converge at the other end to support a moving plate that supports a high speed machine spindle. The telescoping struts of the hexapod machine operate simultaneously to locate and orient the spindle. Also, whereas the original design of a conventional machine tool limits the movement capabilities, the hexapod machine makes it suitable for three-, four- and five-axis machining because it allows unlimited spindle orientation.

For more information about hexapods, visit “This Hexapod You Can Work With” and “Change Your Machine to a Hexapod.”

According to these sources, programming a hexapod machine is simple and requires no postprocessor. Another advantage is that it can be a more affordable way to enjoy the advantages of more efficient machining.

 


 

RELATED CONTENT

  • The Pursuit of Perfection

    The “Pursuit of Perfection” is how Acero Precision defines its mission and while such lofty words make nice copy, all one needs to do is visit this contract manufacturer to experience how serious the company is about the technology, personnel and processes necessary to make it more than an abstract goal.

  • Medical Machining is in the Genes

    Sometimes it’s difficult to stay away. This company is an example of a precision machining family that simply can’t stop doing what it does.

  • Keeping Watch on Small Parts

    From watch parts to exotic medical applications, this shop takes on the world of micromachining.