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M3-LS Linear Smart Stages

World's only all-in-one micro stage has embedded drive electronics for smallest size and unmatched ease of use in OEM systems

The M3-LS Linear Smart Stage is a direct-drive, high-precision micro stage built for fast, simple integration into miniature OEM systems. All drive electronics are integrated right into the compact stage housing – no external board needed! It offers unmatched precision, stability and ease of use.

Advantages

 

Applications

A tiny all-in-one stage that can be powered by standard batteries, the M3-LS is ideal for motion in hand-held, mobile and portable instruments. Create miniature microscopes or spectroscopy instruments, miniaturize systems for micro assembly and biomedical probing or sampling. Use in high resolution tuning systems, targeting systems, UAV/UGV controls and optics, miniature camera systems and more.

Unmatched precision, stability and ease of use

The piezo-driven stage has 0.5 µm resolution for precise, repeat­able positioning of optics, probes, sensors and more. Absolute encoding removes the need to home the stage on power-up, eliminating errors and disruptions in processes and experiments.

The unique linear slide has uniform and very low friction, even under high direct loads and side loads. Six ball bearings in a kinematic “v” guide-way eliminate cage creep and friction spike problems common in other micro stages.

The M3-LS has high stiffness and lateral stability, no backlash, and less than 10 µm runout over its full travel range.

Direct input via USB, I2C or SPI

The M3-LS Smart Stage accepts simple high-level motion commands. A USB adapter enables connection to a PC, with New Scale Pathway™ software providing an easy-to-use graphical user interface. Control multiple stages from a single screen, and employ the intuitive script generator to create command sequences for automated operations.

The stage can also be driven directly from a system processor via standard I2C or SPI interface.

Low power use for hand-held systems

The M3-LS Linear Smart Stage needs only 3.3 V DC input and uses less than 0.75 W typical when moving. It can be powered by USB or standard batteries. The integrated piezo motor holds position without using power. The internal electronics can be switched to sleep mode for extreme low-power applications.

Developer's Kits

M3-LS developer's kits provide easy evaluation and prototyping with M3-LS smart stages. Developer’s kits are available from New Scale and select reps and distributors. Contact New Scale regarding additional stages, brackets and flex cables for use with the developer’s kit to create 2-axis and 3-axis systems, or to inquire about volume pricing or customization of M3-LS smart stage systems.  

Specifications

Download data sheet with drawings (633K PDF)

Model M3-LS-1.8-6 
Stroke 6 mm 
Dimensions 29 x 20 x 9.5 mm including controller
Mass of Smart Stage 8.4 grams 
Max moving mass (vertical) 
(note 1)
10 grams recommended  
Max moving mass (horiz)
(note 1)
20 grams (offset < 10 mm) recommended 
Force (operating)  0.2 N 
Speed (at operating force)  5 mm/s 
Closed-loop performance   
Resolution 0.5 μm with absolute encoding
Bi-directional repeatability < 5 μm
Accuracy < 20 μm
Input Power 3.3 V DC 
< 0.75 W typical at 5 mm/s, closed-loop (2 W max.) 
Mechanical stage  
Static parallelism  < 30 μm
Run-out  < 10 μm
Pitch and yaw  < 1 mrad
Absolute max load  10 N 
Environment   
Relative humidity  < 70% 
Operating temperature (note 2)  -30 to +70 °C  
Storage temp.  -40 to +80 °C 
Lifetime (note 3) >10 million random moves while not exceeding 1.2 km total travel 
Controller  embedded
Control interface Via USB adapter from PC, or directly via I2C or SPI serial interface

Note 1:  Higher moving mass is possible but affects performance and lifetime
Note 2:  Speed and force reduced at lower temperatures within the range
Note 3: Corresponds to 10 million moves with an average random move of 120 µm. Lifetime depends on the application and use case.  Please consult the factory to discuss your specific system design.

 

 

Ordering Information

Developer's Kit

Model Description Buying Options
DK-M3-LS-1.8-6

Developer's kit with 6 mm travel

- One M3-LS-1.8-6  linear smart stage with integrated electronics and advanced bearing guide
- One M3-USB USB adapter
- One M3-1.8-0-deg-250 straight flex cable, 250 mm length
- One M3-1.8-90-deg-250 angled flex cable, 250 mm length
- New Scale Pathway software
- Mounting hardware kit

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Buy online (via ams)
 Digi-Key
 - Mouser

Find a local rep
 - See listing

 Contact us for custom or high-volume requirements.

 

Additional components

Model Description Buying Options
M3-LS-1.8-6 Linear smart stage with 6 mm travel
Stage only, no cables
Contact us
M3-1.8-0-deg-250 Flex cable for M3-LS stage
Straight end, 250 mm length
Contact us
M3-1.8-90-deg-250 Flex cable for M3-LS stage
90° angle at one end, 250 mm length
Contact us
M3-1.8-Y-bracket Bracket for y-axis stage
Affixes y-axis stage to x-axis stage
Contact us
M3-1.8-Z-bracket Bracket for z-axis stage
Affixes z-axis stage to x- or y-axis stage
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EP-clamp-6.35 Pipette holder clamp - For pipette holders with body dia. 0.25” (6.35mm) e.g. models 67944x from A.M. Systems Contact us

 

M3 Smart Module platform

The M3-LS micro stage is built on New Scale’s M3 micro-mechatronic "smart module" platform, integrating a piezoelectric  SQUIGGLE® micro motor, precision mechanical guide system, position sensor, microprocessor, and drive electronics into one tiny package. Eliminating the need for external controllers, M3 smart modules offer the smallest system size and easiest integration into OEM systems. They operate on 3.3 V DC input, accept high-level motion commands, and hold position with power off.

Contact us today to discuss your precision micro positioning requirements.