P-616 NanoCube® Nanopositioner

PI P-616 NanoCube®
Parallel-kinematic design for the highest stiffness in all spatial directions
Highly dynamic motion due to high resonant frequencies even with loads up to 100 g
Innovative product design for flexible use due to single mounting platform
Only nanopositioner available on the market with ID chip functionality
Smallest and lightest NanoCube® with 100 µm travel range on the market

Parallel kinematics

In a parallel-kinematic multi-axis system, all actuators act directly on a single motion platform. This means that all axes can be designed with identical dynamic properties, which reduces the moved mass considerably. Further advantages: It is possible to make the parallel-kinematic system more compact than serial stacked or nested systems. The errors and masses of each individual axis do not accumulate.

PICMA® piezo actuators

PICMA® actuators have all‑ceramic insulation and their performance and lifetime are therefore far superior to conventional actuators. The ceramic insulation layer protects the monolithic piezoceramic block against humidity or failure due to increased leakage current. In this way, an especially high reliability is achieved even under extreme ambient conditions. In contrast to motorized drives, there are no rotating parts or friction. The piezo actuators are therefore free of backlash, maintenance, and wear.

Flexure guides

A flexure guide is an element which is free of static and sliding friction. It is based on the elastic deformation (bending) of a solid (e.g., steel) and does not have any rolling or sliding parts. Flexure elements have a high stiffness and load capacity. Flexure guides are maintenance and wear free. They are 100% vacuum compatible, function in a wide temperature range and do not require any lubricants.

Capacitive sensors

Capacitive sensors measure the position directly on the motion platform (direct metrology) and work without contact. Neither friction nor hysteresis interferes with the measurement, which allows excellent linearity values to be achieved in combination with the high position resolution. Capacitive sensors achieve the best resolution, stability, and bandwidth.

ID chip

An ID chip is located in the Sub-D connector. When the stage is calibrated at the factory with digital electronics, the calibration data is saved together with specific product information on the ID chip. When switched on, digital electronics read the data from the ID chip of the connected stage. Stages, whose ID chip contains the calibration data, can therefore be connected to any suitable digital electronics without renewed calibration.

Fields of application

Fiber alignment

Microscopy applications

2-photon polymerization

Nanotechnology and nanomanufacturing


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