6D Motion Magic

The Technology Behind the CINE6D Experience

6 axis

They say it’s not the done thing to reveal what’s behind the magic, but we’re going to make an exception here. So what is it that really moves you when you experience our 6D films in the Marina, Lanzarote ?

Here in the Marina Lanzarote in the CINE6D we have what is called a Gough-Stewart platform. “What on earth is that?” I hear you say.  Basically it’s a type of parallel robot that has six prismatic actuators, commonly hydraulic jacks or electric actuators, attached in pairs to three positions on the underside of the simulator platform’s baseplate*

This allows the platform to move with six degrees of freedom. There are three linear movements: x, y, z (lateral, longitudinal and vertical), and the three rotations: pitch, roll, & yaw. The term “six-axis”, “6 degrees of Freedom” or “synergistic” are also used. This specialised six-jack layout was first used by Eric Gough in the UK in 1954.

Because the motions are produced by a combination of movements of several of the jacks, such a device is sometimes called a synergistic motion platform, due to the synergy (mutual interaction) between the way that the jacks are programmed. And because the device has six jacks, it is also known as a hexapod (six legs).

Putting the technical jargon to one side for one moment, let’s just say our CINE6D simulator is an amazing, moving, intense beast of a machine ready to thrill the senses.

*Technical language alert

Information taken from: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stewart_platform