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Precision linear microstage with embedded controller is a compact, easy-to-integrate motion system with 15 mm travel and >100 gram load capacity


Victor, NY – January 10, 2019 – New Scale Technologies’ M3-LS-3.4-15 Linear Smart Stage, a direct-drive precision piezoelectric micro stage with embedded controller, is now available for purchase on Digi-Key and  Mouser. The M3-LS-3.4-15 smart stage is designed for fast integration into compact OEM instruments. It accepts simple high-level motion commands directly from a system controller via standard serial interface (I2C or SPI).

The Developer’s Kits for sale through the distributors include one smart stage along with New Scale Pathway™ software, a break out board, and USB adapter for rapid evaluation and system development. Watch the video.



The micro stage has 15 mm travel and 500 nm position resolution for precise, repeatable positioning of optics, probes, sensors and more. Absolute encoding eliminates the need for homing on power-up.

All electronics are completely integrated in the 32 x 32 x 11 mm stage housing, making the overall system size significantly smaller than traditional piezo stages. It takes 6 VDC input and can be powered by USB or standard batteries.

The stage has high stiffness, no gears or backlash, low acoustic noise, and no internal high voltage.

For complete specifications download the data sheet.



M3-LS Smart Stages are ideal for adding embedded motion to hand-held and portable instruments including miniature microscopes and spectroscopy systems, instruments for biomedical probing or sampling, UAV/UGV controls and optics, miniature camera systems and more. M3-LS stages are easily assembled into two-axis and three-axis systems.


Pricing and Availability 

At Digi-Key, the Developer’s Kit is $3000 and available from stock.

At Mouser, PN 985-DK-M3-LS-3.4-15 Developer’s Kit is $3,125 with lead time of 4 weeks.

For pricing and sales of M3-LS-3.4-15 Smart Stages in volume contact a New Scale Technologies technical sales representative.


About New Scale Technologies, Inc.

New Scale Technologies develops and manufactures the smallest and most precise closed-loop positioning solutions available. Our “all-in-one” M3 Smart Modules – piezoelectric motor systems with embedded controllers – are easy to integrate into handheld and portable instruments. They enable smaller, smarter imaging systems, scientific instruments, medical devices, aerospace and defense systems and more. Our customers achieve the fastest time to market with the lowest total cost.