Six Degrees of Freedom Explained

API has released a video explaining Six Degrees of Freedom (6DoF) as it relates to Industrial Manufacturing Equipment including Machine Tools and Industrial Robots.

The term 6 Degrees of Freedom (6 DoF) gets thrown around a lot, especially when discussing robotic arms automating manufacturing processes. But what does 6 DoF actually mean, and why do we say 6 DoF when some robots have 20 or more degrees of freedom? In this educational video, API explains the basic concepts of 6 Degrees of Freedom, its roots in the Cartesian coordinate plane, and why it’s so important to have a 6 DoF capable tracker in automated manufacturing environments. To learn more about 6 DoF, visit to speak with a metrology expert.

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