Related Glossary Terms
- degrees of freedom
degrees of freedom
Number of axes along which a robot, and thus the object it is holding, can be manipulated. Most robots are capable of maneuvering along the three basic Cartesian axes (X, Y, Z). More sophisticated models may move in six or more axes. See axis.
Strip or block of precision-ground stock used to elevate a workpiece, while keeping it parallel to the worktable, to prevent cutter/table contact.
Discipline involving self-actuating and self-operating devices. Robots frequently imitate human capabilities, including the ability to manipulate physical objects while evaluating and reacting appropriately to various stimuli. See industrial robot; robot.
The Robot Operating System (ROS) by ROS.org is a flexible framework for robotics software development. PI’s release of ROS drivers is the company’s latest addition to its H-811 high performance hexapod 6-axis miniature robot, allowing fast, seamless integration into a ROS environment, with comfortable control using their well-known mechanisms. With an included URDF model in the driver package, the H-811.i2 hexapod can also be simulated and visualized. To download the ROS hexapod robot driver package, click here ».
What Industries Benefit from 6-Axis Robots
From first-ever astronomical discoveries and precise production line optics and photonics automation to bio-medical microsurgery research and perfecting cellphone image quality, PI’s multi-axis hexapods perform 6D movements in a compact space based on parallel kinematics, ensuring accuracy for all degrees of freedom.