Motion in several axes can be achieved using serial-kinematic, i.e., stacked systems, or parallel-kinematic setups. Each actuator in a serial-kinematic multi-axis system is assigned to exactly one degree of freedom. When position sensors are integrated, they are also each assigned to one drive and only measure the motion on the corresponding positioning axis. Any undesirable motion in the other five degrees of freedom, which for example, occur as a result of guiding errors of the individual axes, cannot be detected or compensated. In the case of hexapods, all six actuators act on the same platform. Therefore, guiding errors do not add up.