Will PKM be Adopted by Industry?
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The most radical change in the design of machine tools this century has been the design of machine tools based on parallel kinematics. The introduction of the Variax of Giddings & Lewis and the Hexapod of Ingersoll in the International Machine Tool Show (Chicago, 1994) paved the way for the development of large number of prototype machine tools based on parallel kinematics rather than the traditional serial-link approach. However, does the cost/performance ratio of this new brand of parallel kinematic machines (PKM) justify their purchase for machining applications?
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