Micro Linear Actuators
M3-L MICRO LINEAR ACTUATOR WITH EMBEDDED CONTROLLER
The M3-L is a miniature high-resolution positioning system. It is a “smart” actuator with integrated driver and closed-loop controller inside the actuator.
This compact, powerful motion system helps OEM designers improve performance and reduce the size of instruments in a wide range of applications.
M3-L micro linear actuators add high-resolution positioning to portable and hand-held devices. They accept a 3.3 V supply and high-level input via standard serial interface.
NOTE: Actuator vs. Translation Stage
The M3-L is a linear actuator designed to push or pull a light object. It requires careful attention to loading under static and dynamic conditions. It is not designed to carry a load. If you need to carry a load, please consider the M3-LS Linear Smart Stage instead.
- Small: complete, compact system with embedded closed-loop controls. Less than half the size and one-fourth the weight of comparable systems.
- NO external control board is needed.
- Precise: 0.5μm position resolution with six millimeters of travel.
- Low voltage, low power use: runs on 3.3V input, holds position with power off.
- Simple system integration: accepts high-level motion commands DIRECTLY from your system processor, over standard serial interface (I2C or SPI).
- Flexible system, fast time to market: the M3 platform is designed for rapid customization. Modules are configurable for single- or multi-axis motion and travel up to 20 mm.
The M3-L is ideal for precision tuning of optical and photonics systems. Defense applications include laser beam steering and targeting, UAV and UGV flight controls, and field-portable systems for biomedical and chemical detection and analysis. Medical applications include micro surgical devices and point-of-care systems.
Photo courtesy of Dimitrios Peroulis, Purdue University
CUSTOMER APPLICATION | A new paper describes a high-Q tunable bandpass filter machined from plastic, using the M3-L micro linear actuator for tuning. The prototype is a precursor to mass production of low-cost, high-performance microwave devices for future 5G networks. Learn more.
M3-L developer’s kits provide convenient evaluation of the M3-L system and prototyping for your design.
VIDEO | The M3-L developer’s kit includes an M3-L micro linear actuator that operates on 3.3V and high-level input commands via SPI interface.
M3-L-1.8-6.0 Linear Actuator
The following specifications refer to the Developer’s Kit module. We customize production modules to your OEM specifications.
|Max module dimensions
|28 x 13.2 x 7.5 mm including controller
|> 5 mm/s
|+/- 25 μm
|Typical operating speed and load
|5 mm/s at 0.15 N load
|Maximum load (push-pull stall force with +/- 1 degree axial alignment)
|< 0.20 N
|Maximum recommended mass
|I2C or SPI
|3.1 to 3.6 V
|< 0.5 Watts (5mm/s at 0.15N) < 0.2 Watts quiescent
|Weight of module (without tip)
|5°C (lower possible; contact factory) to 70°C
|CE / RoHS
|Via USB adapter from PC or directly via I2C or SPI serial interface
* Power depends on input voltage, speed, and load.
The M3-L micro linear actuator has an integrated SQUIGGLE motor and controller inside the compact housing. The motor moves a mechanical assembly. The NSE-5310 position sensor detects the movement of a multi-pole magnetic strip attached to the moving mechanical assembly, and provides the direct digital position information to the motion control processor.
The on-board NSD motor drive ASIC accepts commands from the processor and drives the motor. System input is provided as high-level commands from the system microprocessor via standard I2C or SPI serial interface. NO EXTERNAL CONTROL BOARD IS NEEDED. The M3-L linear actuator operates on standard 3.3 V battery power.
integration and customization
An integration guide and CAD file are available for download (registration required).
New Scale offers both standard and custom M3-L Linear Actuators. In addition to bi-directional (push/pull) systems and custom tips, we can create systems to address your requirements for travel range, module size, force, environmental conditions and more. Learn more about our custom engineering services..