Latest addition to “all-in-one” microstage stage family moves >100 gram loads with 500 nm resolution over 15 mm travel
M3 micro-mechatronics modules are “all in-one” smart modules, with the controller and position sensor built in to the miniature module. This embedded closed-loop control gives you the smallest size, fastest and simplest integration into your system, and lowest total cost. When the application requires, M3 Smart Modules can also move using open-loop commands from the SPI, I2C or UART interface. This is particularly useful in applications that have an external sensor with better resolution than the internal sensor, or where very fast “step and settle” performance is required.
Prior to purchasing the M3-FS or M3-F Focus Module Developer’s Kit, you should verify compatibility of configuration to your lens and imager format. This design note outlines how to validate system compatibility.
The MPM System, the first multi-probe micro-manipulator optimized for use with new silicon neural probes, enables high-yield acute in-vivo brain recording and optogenetics
Rotary piezoelectric smart stages with embedded controllers make the system smaller, easier to use than galvo systems
Developed with leading researchers, the MPM System is the first micromanipulator optimized for silicon probe insertion and independent, automated positioning of five or more probes simultaneously.
Case Study: A neuroscience researcher successfully used M3-LS Linear Smart Stage assemblies for positioning of probes during in-vivo recording. New Scale engineers then collaborated on an integrated multi-probe positioning assembly to meet the needs of this market.
Case study: Piezo focus system enables portable cytometers, expands access to healthcare in resource-limited settings. A customer wanted to create a backpack-portable blood analyzer for use in resource-limited settings that do not have access to institutional laboratory instruments and services. New Scale’s miniature precision focus system helped to make it possible.
Patents cover a new rotary piezoelectric motor that achieves very high rotational speed with significant torque in a very small diameter, and a compact wide-angle optical beam steering assembly that has been commercialized in the M3-RS-U Rotary Smart Stages and beam steering developer’s kits.
Miniature M3-FS Focus Module and M3-LS Linear Smart Stage with built-in controllers have new, dramatically improved lifetime specification of >10 million moves.
New Scale worked with NASA JPL/Caltech to design and manufacture a fiber optic positioning system using rotary piezoelectric SQUIGGLE micro motors for the Prime Focus Spectrograph (PFS). The PFS is a fiber fed multi-object spectrometer for the Subaru Telescope that will conduct a variety of targeted surveys for studies of dark energy, galaxy evolution, and galactic archaeology. The key to the instrument is a high density array of fiber positioners placed at the prime focus of the Subaru Telescope. The system, nicknamed the “Cobra” fiber positioner, will be capable of rapidly reconfiguring the array of 2,394 optical fibers to the image positions of astronomical targets in the focal plane with high accuracy.
The M3-RS-U two-axis beam steering system with built-in controller was the most popular demo in our booth at Photonics West and Bios 2016. Here are a few of the questions that we answered most often at the show.
M3 micro-mechatronics modules are “all in-one” smart modules, with the controller and position sensor built in to the miniature module. This embedded closed-loop control gives you the smallest size, fastest and simplest integration into your system, and lowest total cost.
When the application requires, M3 Smart Modules can also move using open-loop commands from the SPI, I2C or UART interface. This is particularly useful in applications that have an external sensor with better resolution than the internal sensor, or where very fast “step and settle” performance is required.
Article: New Scale’s micro beam steering solutions for handheld devices are among Laser Focus World’s Top 20 Technology Picks for 2015.
Miniature focus system with embedded controller is successful in dynamic stability, vibration and lifetime testing
Field-deployable and mobile tuning systems require smaller actuators that use very low power, yet offer high precision and accuracy as well as long travel. For RF transmission systems, the demand for smaller size comes from the need to pack more capability into smaller boxes – whether to satisfy consumer preference for compact in-home devices, or the need for higher densities in outdoor instruments.
New Scale provides compact, high-precision motion solutions for this market. Based on our patented piezoelectric motor and related technology, our miniature closed-loop motion modules provide unmatched position resolution and accuracy. Unlike traditional motors, the modules do not generate magnetic fields while moving. Their compact size and low power use make them ideal for inductive or capacitive tuning in field-deployable and portable systems.