New Scale Introduces Single-Axis Mirror Positioning System with Smallest Size, Easiest Operation for Medical Applications

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Source: New Scale Technologies

Piezoelectric micro stage with built-in controller enables simple, precise point-to-point beam steering for dermatology lasers, imaging, fluorescence microscopes and surgical tools

Victor, NY – September 10, 2015 – New Scale Technologies, Inc. ( today announced a new developer’s kit in its M3 micro-mechatronic product line. The DK-M3-RS-U-1M-20 is a complete piezoelectric mirror positioning system with a familiar galvo-scanner form factor, but a drastically smaller size: only 12 mm diameter including the embedded closed-loop controller.

The smart stage rotates the pre-mounted aluminum-coated mirror +/- 20 degrees at up to 1100 degrees/second with accuracy of 0.25 degrees for precise, point-to-point positioning or dynamic scanning up to 100 Hz. With only 3.3 VDC input it is suited for handheld and portable instruments.

Medical applications include:

  • Scanning dermatology lasers to achieve precise exposure levels.
  • Scanning a laser sources in fluorescence microscopes and imaging instruments.
  • In-vivo and in-vitro micro laser surgery.

Patented piezoelectric motors along with position sensors, bearings, drive electronics and embedded firmware are all integrated into the miniature rotary stage. Along with smallest system size, this makes for fast, easy integration into OEM systems. The positioner accepts direct input of high-level digital motion commands from a system processor via I2C, SPI, UART or analog servo interface.

DK-M3-RS-U-1M-20 Specifications

  • Smart stage size: 12 mm diameter
  • Beam size: up to 2 mm diameter
  • Range of motion: +/- 20 degrees
  • Speed: up to 1100 deg/sec
  • Absolute encoder resolution: 0.025 degrees
  • Accuracy: 0.25 degrees

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Developer’s Kit price and availability

The DK-M3-RS-U-1M-20 Mirror Positioning Developer’s Kit includes a rotary smart stage, mounted mirror, bracket and base, breakout board, cables, USB adapter and software for system evaluation and development. Developer’s Kits are available from New Scale Technologies at $1,850 with delivery from stock to 4 weeks.

Components are also sold separately with volume pricing available. For 1,000 pieces, the rotary smart stage is $975 each and the standard mirror is $85. Call New Scale at +1 (585) 924-4450 or email for additional volume pricing information.


M3 “micro-mechatronic module” platform delivers key benefits

The DK-M3-RS-U-1M-20 is part of New Scale’s M3 “micro-mechatronic module” product lineup: the smallest, highest resolution, most repeatable closed-loop positioning solutions available. Each M3 smart module integrates New Scale’s patented and proprietary SQUIGGLE® or UTAF™ piezoelectric motors, drive electronics, position sensors, micro mechanical guides and control technologies. These “all in-one” smart modules plug-and-play directly with an embedded processor and provide the fastest time to market with the lowest total cost.


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 built-in 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.

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