What is a nanopositioner?

A nanopositioner is a mechanical stage that consists of a movable component inside a rigid frame. The movable and static portions are electrodischarge machined (EDM) from a monolithic block and connected by flexure “hinges.” The movable component can move in any or all of three translational axes, as well as in angular axes such as rotation or tilt. The flexure mounting used by nPoint insures that motion in one dimension does not cause motion in any other dimension. A closed-loop control system allows the user to provide inputs to the positioner and to monitor the positioner parameters.

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