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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.




A tiny all-in-one stage that can be powered by USB or standard batteries, the M3-LS is ideal for motion in hand-held 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 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 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.  


Model M3-LS-1.8-6  M3-LS-3.4-15
Data sheet Download data sheet with drawings (633K PDF)  Download data sheet with drawings (PDF) 
Travel Range (Stroke) 6 mm   15 mm
Dimensions 29 x 20 x 9.5 mm including controller 32 x 32 x 11 mm including controller
Mass of Smart Stage (including controller) 8.4 grams   

30 grams (Smart Stage)

36 grams (Smart Stage + cable + connector)
Max moving mass (vertical) 
(note 1)
10 grams recommended    100 grams
Max moving mass (horiz)
(note 1)
20 grams (offset < 10 mm) recommended   200 grams
Force (operating)  0.2 N   1 N
Speed (at operating force)  5 mm/s   > 4 mm/s
Closed-loop performance
Resolution 0.5 μm with absolute encoding 0.5 μm with absolute encoding
Bi-directional repeatability < 5 μm  < 5 μm
Accuracy < 20 μm < 20 μm
Input Power(note 2) 3.3 VDC 
< 0.75 W typical at 5 mm/s, closed-loop (2 W max.) 

6 VDC 
5 W typical at 4 mm/s, 1 N load, closed-loop

< 0.2 W quiescent

Mechanical stage
Static parallelism  < 30 μm  < 30 μm
Run-out  < 10 μm  < 10 μm
Pitch and yaw  < 1 mrad  < 1 mrad
Absolute max load  10 N   10 N
Linear slide features 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 spikes. Crossed roller bearings with high stiffness
Relative humidity  < 70%   < 70%
Operating temperature 
 -30 to +70 °C  (note 3)  +5 °C to +40 °C 
Storage temp.  -40 to +80 °C   -40 °C to +85 °C
>10 million random moves while not exceeding 1.2 km total travel (note 4)  --
Controller  embedded  embedded
Control interface Via USB adapter from PC, or directly via I2C or SPI serial 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:  Power depends on input voltage, speed and load
Note 3:  Speed and force reduced at lower temperatures within the range
Note 4: 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 Kits

Model Description Buying Options

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)
 - Mouser

Find a local rep
 - See listing


Developer's kit with 15 mm travel

- One M3-LS-3.4-15  linear smart stage with integrated electronics 
- One M3-USB USB adapter
- Cables
- New Scale Pathway software
- Mounting hardware kit

Contact New Scale

 Contact us for custom or high-volume requirements.


Additional components: M3-LS-1.8-6

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
Contact us
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


Additional components: M3-LS-3.4-15

Model Description Buying Options
M3-LS-3.4-15 Linear smart stage with 15 mm travel, cable and USB connector 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 to 6 VDC input, accept high-level motion commands, and hold position with power off.

Contact us today to discuss your precision micro positioning requirements.