The new P-616 NanoCube from PI (Physik Instrumente) is extremely compact and offers identical dynamics, precision and velocity on all three motion axes with loads of up to 50 grams. This makes it suitable for use in, for example, fibre alignment, microscopy or precision manufacturing.
The dimensions of the P-616 are only 40 × 40 × 40mm and it weighs only 80g. The travel range on all three spatial axes is 100µm and the resolution is 0.3nm. The high resolution is realised directly by using noncontact capacitive sensors.
The NanoCube features a parallel-kinematic design with three lever-amplified PICMA actuators and friction-free flexures. The PICMA actuators are also distinguished by a high lifetime under extreme ambient conditions, making it possible to, for example, operate the NanoCube within a temperature range from -20° to 80° as well as in a vacuum to 10-6.
The P-616 is equipped with an ID chip that stores all the required parameters as well as the individual product information for the system and makes this readable for the electronics. If new or optimised electronics are connected, the device is ready for use directly without the need to recalibrate it.