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National Instruments Hexapod

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National Instruments Project

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.

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Hexapod
Kapek’s work on the NI Hexapod was impeccable. The Hexapod aesthetics are immaculate from the fascia, to the electronics housing, to the hidden LED array – every design element was thoughtful and smart! I regularly demonstrate the Hexapod at engineering conferences throughout Europe - it never fails to impress.
— Richard Roberts, Technical Marketing Manager, National Instruments