Fundamentals of piezo stage design: range of motion, footprint and stiffness

Piezo stages are used in applications where high precision in motion, very fast movements (in milliseconds), or high force generation out of a small volume (kilo Newton) are necessary. High precision in motion is required in Atomic Force Microscopy, for example. TappingMode™ image of indentation patterns on Parafilm® acquired with a MultiMode® AFM and an […]

How to care for your nPoint products

A benefit of choosing an nPoint flexure-based nanopositioning system is that it requires minimal maintenance throughout its lifetime. Flexure-based designs are zero friction with no mechanical wear, thus routine maintenance is virtually eliminated. However, users should still consider a few important points to ensure that their stages and controllers perform optimally. The lifetime of nPoint stages […]

Piezo Stage Orthogonality

Orthogonality Correction for Piezo Flexure Stages

nPoint is now offering an easy way for correcting the orthogonality error of XY scanners for the most demanding scanning applications. This capability is primarily used by OEM customers in applications such as Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM). An external method for measuring the orthogonality error is necessary prior to applying such correction. The AFM application […]