This 'octahedral hexapod' machine tool represents the first major departure in machine tool design in nearly a century. The machines's 'parallel actuator' technology promises to offer manufacturers a combination of versatility, stiffness, speed, and accuracy. As part of the Institute's National Advanced Manufacturing Testbed, NIST researchers and collaborators from U.S. companies and universities are studying the new tools' unique capabilities. Research areas include machine metrology, performance characterization test methods and standards, performance enhancement methods, simulation and remote experimentation tools, and open architecture controller interfaces.
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