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Vacuum Compatible Hexapod, 200 mm Diameter Platform, 20 kg Load, M6
HXP100V6-MECA Vacuum Compatible Hexapod, 200 mm Diameter Platform, 20 kg Load, M6
Vacuum Compatible Hexapod, 125 mm Diameter Platform, 5 kg Load, M6
HXP50V6-MECA Vacuum Compatible Hexapod, 125 mm Diameter Platform, 5 kg Load, M6



Parallel Kinematic Motion

Hexapods are ingenious and effective solutions to complex motion applications that require high load capacity and accuracy in up to six independent axes. Parallel kinematic motion devices provide six degrees of freedom (X, Y, Z, pitch, roll, and yaw) in a compact solution to multi-axis positioning. As an alternative to stacking multiple stages, hexapods have no moving cables, are lower in overall cost, and offers error compensated motion.

HXP50-MECA 6 Axis Hexapod

HXP100-MECA 6 Axis Hexapod

Two Virtual Centers of Rotation

Program up to two virtual pivot points without calculating coordinate system transformations or powering down the controller. The two virtual pivot points are origins of the two definable coordinates systems: Tool, which moves with the top plate, and Work, which is a stationary reference. This allows the user to conceptualize how the sample and tool are manipulated. For this 6-axis device, complex motion is simplified for easy user program development.

RightPath™ Trajectory Control

In parallel kinematic devices, motion is synchronized on the hexapod legs; all legs start and stop at the same time and always complete the same part of the trajectory. As a result, the motion does not necessarily translate into a straight trajectory in the World coordinate system. For small motion the effect is negligible, but for larger motion it could become noticeable. Newport engineers devised a solution to minimize the runout of hexapods through RightPath™ Trajectory Control. This firmware feature is unique to Newport hexapods and enables scanning motion along three types of trajectory functions - line, arc or rotation - in either Work or Tool.

Innovative Actuator Joints

Each Newport Hexapod model differentiates itself with its own unique joint system which improve position stability under load. When compared to other hexapods of similar size, Newport hexapods have more than five-times the rigidity and twice the load capacity provided by either the spherical or cardan joint design.

Spherical joint to enhance stiffness in a compact, low-profile design.

High Precision Actuators

The Hexapod's top plate is driven by six, synchronized, high performance actuators with encoder feedback at the leadscrew nut to providing precise MIM, low backlash and fast speed.

HexaViz Simulation Software

Our HexaViz hexapod simulator allows you to discover which Newport Hexapod model best fits your application needs before ordering. Newport's FREE HexaViz Hexapod Simulation Software provides an easy-to-use virtual hexapod interface to evaluate travel range, load capacity, force, and torque characteristics.

1. Select the hexapod from the data base

2. Check the travel range

  • Configure the coordinate systems
  • Display the hexapod (realistic view) and frames
  • Display the travel range: Axis by axis, 2D views or XYZ 3D view

3. Check the load capacity

  • Apply loads, forces or torque
  • Search worst case position
  • Verify if actuators are overloaded

4. Save configuration

Hexapod Motion Controllers

Our HXP-ELEC high-performance multi-axis hexapod motion controllers are dedicated for the use with Newport Hexapods. The HXP-ELEC is based on the same hardware as the Newport XPS Universal High Performance Motion Controller/Driver, however it is preconfigured with special firmware to command the Hexapod mechanics. Firmware features are designed for simplified programing and integration.  Choose the controller with the same prefix as the hexapod you would like to control.  See accessory table below for compatible controllers.

Vacuum Hexapod Applications

Remote positioning of a component inside a vacuum chamber is typically accomplished with a motion system. For particular applications that require more than 4 axis of motion, Newport offers standard, off-the-shelf vacuum compatible hexapods (up to 10-6 Torr) to meet this demand.