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Introducing New Scale Technologies: Squiggle micro motors and other compact motion control solutions

 

Introducing New Scale Technologies, now represented in Australian and New Zealand by Lastek. New Scale helps customers transform their large, expensive, complicated-to-use systems into small, affordable, easy-to-use instruments and devices.

New Scale Technologies develops and manufactures the smallest and most precise closed-loop positioning solutions available. Our M3 micro-stages and actuators are all-in-one “smart modules” with built-in controllers: easy to integrate into handheld and portable instruments. We 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.

Our customers use our tiny motion modules to adjust micro optics or mechanical components within their handheld, portable and mobile systems. The modules have micrometer precision, work on battery power, perform at any orientation and resist shock, vibration and temperature extremes. With all controls built in, they are the smallest, easiest-to-integrate solution for product designers creating miniaturized systems for a range of markets.

The heart of New Scale’s M3 smart module platform is the SQUIGGLE motor, a revolutionary piezo micro motor with incredibly small size and big performance.

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The SQUIGGLE motor: The world’s smallest linear motor drives microstages, focus modules and more.

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This patented ultrasonic motor creates high force (or torque) and high speed with only a few parts – compare to complex electromagnetic gearhead motors with hundreds of parts. SQUIGGLE micro motors allow product designers to add motion features into products where they could not have been imagined before.

This simple, robust piezo motor is scalable to much smaller sizes than electromagnetic motors, without significant loss of power efficiency, and operates on 3.3 V. This makes it ideal for hand-held and portable products.

FEATURES

  • Precise: nanometer resolution
  • Fast: variable speed to 10 mm/sec (linear) or 12,000 rpm (rotary)
  • Strong: models with up to 5 Newton force (linear) or more than 3 mN-m (rotary)
  • Tiny: as small as 1.8 x 1.8 x 6 mm
  • Quiet and smooth

OPERATING PRINCIPLE

Piezoelectric actuators change shape when electrically excited. A SQUIGGLE motor consists of several piezoelectric ceramic actuators attached to a nut (stator), with a mating screw (shaft) inside.

Applying power to the actuators creates ultrasonic vibrations, causing the nut to vibrate in an orbit – similar to a person’s hips in a “Hula Hoop.” With this unique design, SQUIGGLE motors have:

  • No parasitic drag
  • Less wasted power
  • Zero backlash (with a light pre-load)
  • Very high stiffness
  • Very high resolution
  • Very high force for their size
  • Smooth velocity at microscopic speeds
  • Off-power hold
  • Very small diameter

Further details on squiggle motor technology here.

Download Technical Bulletin here.

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 THE M3 PLATFORM

Smart modules and microstages built on the M3 (micro-mechatronics) platform incoporate:

  • A SQUIGGLE or UTAF piezoelectric micro motor
  • A motor driver ASIC
  • A position sensor (encoder)
  • An on-board microprocessor for PID control
  • A customized motion guide assembly and housing to suit your OEM application

You provide simple motion commands over a standard serial interface. It’s all inside!

Read a recent article from Design World Mechatronics on the M3 platform here.

COMPLETE MOTION SYSTEMS, DEVELOPED FAST

With our M3 (micro-mechatronic) smart module design platform, we can quickly develop closed-loop microstages and other motion modules for your OEM application. Building on our miniature piezoelectric motor and position sensor technology, this design platform yields complete closed-loop motion modules with high precision and tiny footprint.

These “all in-one” smart modules require no separate electron­ics and are ready to plug-and-play directly with your system processor and power supply. You achieve the fastest time to market with the lowest total cost.

NO EXTERNAL CONTROL BOARD!

No external control board is necessary. You supply simple serial commands to drive an on-board PID controller using a standard I2C or SPI interface. Modules have low power consumption and 3.3V input voltage for battery-powered operation.

SIMPLE INTEGRATION

M3 smart modules are extremely simple for OEM designers to integrate into their products. Electrical integration is as easy as sending serial commands to the module. Mechanical integration is customized to the application: possibilities include integrating a lens within the module, pushing a lever external to the module, or nearly any application.

Each custom module is a drop-in drive system for your miniature product. These micro-mechatronic modules are smaller, more powerful, more precise – and now even easier to integrate – than traditional electromagnetic motor systems.

M3 smart modules are ideal for high-resolution positioning in miniature optical instrumentation, lasers and photonics systems, aerospace controls and biomedical systems.

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