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Medical Applications

An M3 device makes your medical instrument smaller 

New Scale helps medical instrument companies transform their large, expensive, complicated-to-use systems into small, affordable, easy-to-use instruments and devices. Our customers are moving their analytical instruments from the lab into the field, putting laboratory-quality results into the hands of medical workers in clinical and remote settings.

Our customers use our tiny M3 smart modules to adjust micro optics or mechanical components within their handheld, portable and mobile systems.  M3 modules have micrometer precision, work on battery power, perform at any orientation and resist shock, vibration and temperature extremes. 

Medical imaging

Our M3 motion systems move lenses, samples or image planes to provide precision focus and alignment in miniature instruments. Applications include:

Laser beam steering

We deliver precise point-to-point beam steering of medical lasers, including high-power laser scalpels and low-power cosmetic lasers, enabling faster treatments and better results. Applications include:

Optical tuning and alignment

Our high-precision smart actuators and micro stages move or rotate filters, and align samples and light sources in:

Other medical applications


M3 micro mechatronic modules are:

Piezoelectric UTAF and SQUIGGLE motors in our all-in-one modules generate no electromagnetic fields and can be made entirely from non-ferrous materials for use in or near MRI systems without affecting image quality or motor performance.

Learn More

Research paper: "Manipulator Design and Operation of a Six-Degree-of-Freedom Handheld Tremor-Canceling Microsurgical Instrument" (read the abstract)

Technical paper: “Endoscopic Laser Scalpel for Head and Neck Cancer Surgery” (read the abstract and summary)

Technical article: “Low Power Piezo Motion: Reduced-voltage piezo motor breakthrough creates options for medical devices” article in Design News, May 2010. (read the article on Design News online)

Technical article: “Piezo motor based medical devices” article in Medical Design Technology, April 2009. (read the article on MDT online)

Technical paper: “Autonomous Positioning System for Implantable Hearing Aids Using Piezo Motors” (read the abstract)

Technical paper: “A Mobile Robot Driven by Miniature Onboard Motors for Cardiac Intervention.” (read the abstract)

Technical paper: “SQUIGGLE Motor Applications for Whole Body Small Animal MRI.” (read the paper)


Contact us for more information about using M3 modules in medical applications including endoscopy, imaging, precision analytical instrumentation, tele-medicine and more.