So, what can you use hexapods for? A common application is the rapid and accurate alignment of two components in six degrees of freedom during an automated production process, for instance, a printed circuit board (PCB) and a lens, or a PCB and a charge-coupled device. Another example is in the test and inspection arena, for instance, to test the performance of a sensor or imaging device during a simulated operation. This simulation could be anything from the way a person moves something in their hand, right up to the motion of a ship, to enable testing of an onboard device. It could be testing a device that will be used in the air, such as a gyroscope, or even products destined to be space-bound. Some PI hexapods even have a built-in wave generator, allowing straightforward simulation of motion profiles, for example, sinusoidal motion, without having to manually perform numerous complex calculations.