Compared to many six-strut hexapod configurations, this five-strut design increases the ratio of working space to build volume while providing more residual stiffness at high swivel angles.
In addition to its 5-axis machining capability, this pentapod design can also swivel through ninety degrees. The machine controller, however, accepts conventional co-ordinate information supplied by a normal numerical control program. Bosch Rexroth MHS 40 direct drives with hollow-shaft motors raise and lower the spindles. Compared to toothed-belt systems, the direct drive gives a stiffer design with fewer parts, increasing reliability. As there is no belt, no retensioning is required. Machining applications for the pentapod include models for prototypes and forms for castings.
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