National Instruments Hexapod
Kapek Design worked with test and measurement giant National Instruments to develop a showstopping demonstration unit to wow customers at tradeshows.
We conceived a six-legged hexapod robot, built using NI hardware and software.
We designed and built the frame using a specialist UK manufacturer, and used in-house 3D printers and a laser cutters to build the rest of the chassis.
We then integrated our own electronics to support the NI hardware with Wi-Fi connectivity and motion sensing.
Robustness and maintainability were key requirements. We designed a chassis that was easy to take apart, and padded the unit with custom 3D printed brackets. This meant that most of the parts could be reprinted in the event of a breakage.
We were able to deliver the product a month ahead of schedule, and significantly under budget. We also developed a full maintenance guide for the client.
National Instruments have since demonstrated the Hexapod at numerous tradeshows worldwide and it continues to generate great feedback from their customers.