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Medical Applications

All-in-one micro-mechatronic systems are used in mobile medicine, precision analytical instruments, robotic surgical tools, endoscopes, implantable devices and more

With their tiny size and high precision, all-in-one M3 micro-mechatronic modules are ideal for use in hand-held and portable instruments for mobile medicine and field-based analytical applications. They also power robotic surgical tools, endoscopes and implantable devices. We can create non-magnetic motion systems for safe operation in MRI environments.

Medical applications include:


M3 micro mechatronic modules are:

Piezoelectric UTAF and SQUIGGLE motors in our all-in-one modules generate no electromagnetic fields and can be made entirely from non-ferrous materials for use in or near MRI systems without affecting image quality or motor performance.


M3 micro-mechatronics modules are complete, all-in-one closed-loop stages and actuators with high precision and tiny footprints. Each module incorporates a SQUIGGLE micro motor, position sensor, and all drive electronics. You supply simple motion commands using a standard serial interface. Modules have low power consumption and 3.3V input voltage for battery-powered operation. M3 modules are quickly customized to your medical application. For details see our M3 module design platform.

M3-F focus modules deliver precision lens motion in a compact package, barely larger than a fixed lens holder.

M3-L linear actuator modules can align lenses, light sources and samples with high precision and long travel.

 M3-LS linear smart stages are all-in-one USB stages combining the M3-L actuator technology with a unique linear slide that provides uniform and nearly zero friction, high stiffness and stability.

Custom solutions based on our expertise in piezoelectric motion systems give you what you need. We work with OEM customers to design a wide range of instruments incorporating our patented SQUIGGLE motor and UTAF motor technology. We can also create micro motors with higher force or higher precision; motors for operation in vacuum or cryogenic environments; and non-ferrous motors for use in high-magnetic (MRI) environments. For examples please see our custom motion systems.

Learn More

Technical paper: “Endoscopic Laser Scalpel for Head and Neck Cancer Surgery” (read the abstract and summary)

Technical article: “Low Power Piezo Motion: Reduced-voltage piezo motor breakthrough creates options for medical devices” article in Design News, May 2010. (read the article on Design News online)

Technical article: “Piezo motor based medical devices” article in Medical Design Technology, April 2009. (read the article on MDT online)

Technical paper: “Autonomous Positioning System for Implantable Hearing Aids Using Piezo Motors” (read the abstract)

Technical paper: “A Mobile Robot Driven by Miniature Onboard Motors for Cardiac Intervention.” (read the abstract)

Technical paper: “SQUIGGLE Motor Applications for Whole Body Small Animal MRI.” (read the paper)

Technology report: "Robotics Give Doctors A Helping Hand," Electronic Design, June 19, 2008 (go to article on Electronic Design)

Contact us for more information about using M3 modules in medical applications including endoscopy, imaging, precision analytical instrumentation, tele-medicine and more.