Victor, N.Y. New Scale Technologies Inc. has released a new vacuum-compatible version of its patent-pending mini ceramic SQUIGGLE motor for automating critical alignments in high-vacuum instruments without requiring mechanical feed-throughs or stepper motors. The new motors can be used for nanometer positioning in applications such as semiconductor manufacturing and testing, scanning electron microscopes, ion beam microscopes, and scanning ion mass spectrometers.
The new model SQ-2000C offers identical performance to the standard SQ-2000 but incorporates vacuum-compatible materials and design features. The company said the SQUIGGLE motor uses piezoelectric ceramic elements to create vibrations in a threaded nut that directly turns a mating screw. This unique design delivers a 20-nanometer resolution, tens of millimeters of stroke, quiet operation, and speed ratings of 1 to 2 micrometers/second.
In addition to its small size of approximately 20 mm in length x 10 mm in diameter, the motor features nanometer precision, zero magnetic fields and ultra-low outgassing and heating. Range of motion is 50 mm with a force up to 5 N.
The SQ-2000C products are compatible with vacuum pressures as low as 10-7 Torr. Vacuum electrical feed-throughs are available by special order.
Pricing for the motor and controller start at $1,475. Delivery is two to four weeks.
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