Technology that’s out of this world
A HEXAPOD is a parallel kinematics system made up of six struts to provide motion and accuracy for positioning in the Six Degrees of Freedom (6 DOF). In 1949, V. Eric Gough, an engineer at Dunlop in England, built a parallel mechanism to test tyres under different loads. A few years later, in 1965, D. Stewart began using a variant of the hexapod for flight simulators. Today, SYMETRIE has developed this technology to become one of the world's leading providers of hexapod solutions for positioning and motion applications.
Founded in 2001 by Olivier Lapierre and Thierry Roux, and situated in the historic city of Nimes, France, their design and research department produces high-tech positioning and movement systems designed to meet the most demanding industrial and research laboratory criteria’s.
Higher dynamic performance with precise positioning
we needed to source actuators that have a high peak thrust and low backlashes that allow high fidelity motion with low tracking errors.”
High-performance actuators from Ewellix were up to the challenge
Because of our mutual trust in each other, we are now co-developing a new generation of actuators
to reach even higher performances within a limited budget, adds Olivier Lapierre. For example,
vehicle simulators help our customers save money due to the high cost of outdoor testing of boats, cars and planes.
Hexapods also have a higher reproducibility compared to real outdoor testing.
As a result, our customers’ R&D teams can work in a more efficient and cost-saving way with our high-performance tests bench.”
SYMETRIE is a global leader in the manufacture of hexapods. With over twenty years of experience supplying the worlds defence, naval, optical, space and research industries, the company has grown from strength to strength. SYMETRIE currently employs forty skilled technicians based at their headquarters in the South of France and have recently won the ‘Ambassador’s Gala’ award for Industry Challenge.