Miniature two-axis beam steering system is ideal for precise, point-to point beam steering in small spaces
Rotary piezoelectric smart stages and built-in controllers make the system smaller and easier to use than galvo scanner systems for dynamic scanning below 100Hz
Victor, NY – October 19, 2015 – New Scale Technologies, Inc. (www.newscaletech.com) today announced a new beam steering developer’s kit for precise point-to-point beam positioning and dynamic scanning up to 100 Hz. The two piezoelectric rotary stages in the DK-M3-RS-U-2M-20-L developer’s kit have a familiar galvo-scanner form factor but are only 12 mm in diameter. A closed-loop controller is embedded in each tiny stage, making the complete system more than 25 times smaller than traditional systems with external controllers. The built-in controller also simplifies system integration, enabling direct input of high-level motion commands from a system processor via standard digital (I2C, SPI, UART) or analog servo interface.
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Each smart stage rotates a pre-mounted aluminum-coated mirror +/- 20 degrees at up to 1100 degrees/second with angular resolution of 0.05 degrees (1 mrad).
Patented piezoelectric motors along with position sensors, bearings, drive electronics and embedded firmware are all integrated into the miniature rotary stage. With only 3.3 VDC input, it is suited for handheld and portable instruments. Applications include medical lasers and imaging systems, industrial measurement and spectroscopy instruments, and laser printing and engraving.
• 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
• Angular resolution: 0.05 degrees (1 mrad)
• Accuracy: 0.25 degrees
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Developer’s Kit price and availability
The DK-M3-RS-U-2M-20-L Beam Steering Developer’s Kit includes two rotary smart stages with embedded controllers and mounted mirrors, a 650 nm collimated laser, brackets and base, a demo board and software for system evaluation and development. Developer’s Kits are available from New Scale Technologies at $3,450 with delivery from 8 to 12 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 NSTsales@newscaletech.com 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.