Application Notes and Design Notes
Tips and techniques for applying M3 micro-mechatronic modules and SQUIGGLE micro motors in miniature product applications.
Please see also our articles and papers for our customers' applications and technical papers.
- Micro beam steering solutions
New Scale’s miniature M3 beam steering modules are designed for precise point-to-point positioning and dynamic movements up to 1K Hz. The direct-drive piezoelectric motors inside the modules hold position with zero power and no servo jitter. The effects of external vibrations on the mirror position are highly damped. M3 smart modules have fully-integrated closed loop controllers and communicate directly with your system processor over a standard serial interface. They have low drive voltage and low power use, making them ideal for portable instruments. This tech bulletin describes three types of beam steering solutions: a two-mirror system with galvo-type motion, a single-mirror solution with a tilting around a central pivot, and a dual-wedge Risley device. We also offer standard M3-RS rotary stages for beam steering using a familiar galvano-scanner
style form factor.
- Cobra fiber positioners for the Subaru telescope's prime focus spectrometer (PFS)
Latest developments on New Scale's project with NASA JPL/Caltech to design and manufacture a fiber optic positioning system using rotary piezoelectric SQUIGGLE micro motors.
- Checking optical and imager geometry for M3-F Developer’s Kits
How to check your lens and imager compatibility before ordering a DK-M3-F developer's kit.
- M3-FS and M3-F focus modules in camera system design
Describes the use of the M3-FS and M3-F minituare focus module in camera systems. Includes module details, comparison to other focus techniques, block diagrams and integration information, and discussion of bi-directional vs. uni-directional repeatability and other performance considerations.
- RF tuning applications of the M3 modules
Describes the use of the M3-L smart actuator for inductive and capactive tuning.
- Auto focus for picoprojectors
Describes a miniature autofocus mechanism using a SQUIGGLE RV micro motor, NSE-5310 position sensor, and an ultrasonic rangefinder.
- Using SQUIGGLE motors in miniature closed-loop motion systems
New Scale has created a number of tiny, high-resolution closed-loop systems with SQUIGGLE motors incorporating position sensors and other position feedback devices. We excel at creating application-specific closed-loop miniature motion systems for our OEM customers. This application note provides an overview of SQUIGGLE motors in closed-loop systems.
New Scale's engineering team supports the integration efforts of our OEM customers with design assistance, custom motors, and customized modules. We can help you design rails, mounting assemblies, drivers, position sensors, limit switches, and other accessories to deliver optimal performance in your system. Contact us today.