RoboMate - World's First Robotic
Angular-Linear Nanopositioning System
RoboMateT (Pat. Pending) - represents a quantum leap in micro/nanopositioning
evolution. The result, based on a totally new concept and design
principle, is a precision desktop-size hybrid (combined rotational
and linear) motorized nanopositioning system. The system is the
first of its kind to allow the probe/tool/laser to be precisely
positioned at infinitely variable angles with respect to the target
sample. Using DTI's Virtual PointT technology the tip of the
probe/tool (or lens) can remain fixed at a specific point whilst
its' angle of approach with respect to the target sample can be
For over 100 years the basic design principle used in standard
micropositioner and micromanipulator systems has remained relatively
unchanged based on the traditional XY and XYZ linear displacement
configurations; whereby each axis of linear movement is fixed and
perpendicular with respect to an orthogonal axis of linear movement.
Whilst a number of technological advances have been made in
micropositioner design; such improvements have generally focused on
the mechanics and control systems.
Despite these improvements it is often desirable to alter the angle
of approach of a probe/tool with respect to the target sample.
Although a number of manufacturers have developed ad hoc adapters
and devices that permit movement outside of the orthogonal planes
(e.g. rotational movement of a linear axis); such adaptation is
generally cumbersome requiring the probe/tool to be removed from the
target sample while the new position/angle is then pre-set by hand.
Currently there is no device commercially available that allows
simultaneous precise motorized control over the angle of approach
and linear movement of the probe/tool.
RoboMate overcomes the inherent drawbacks of these systems by
enabling a continuously variable angle of approach, while at the
same time keeping the point of the probe/tool fixed at the target
site (Virtual pointT).
Applications are numerous in microelectronics (MEMS, NEMS),
semi-conductor, photonics, fiber optics, micro-manufacturing,
biology and medicine:
- Microscopy and microcircuit inspection and QC - microscope
camera can be fitted to the linear axis of RoboMate
- Micro and nano positioning
- Microchip probing, re-work and prototyping
- Laser and fiber optic alignment
- Laser damage testing
- X Ray orientation
- Ultra-fine assembly, probing, soldering & testing
- Micropositioning (electrophysiology, e.g. patch clamping)
- Microscopy - microscope camera can be fitted to the linear
axis of RoboMate
- X Ray orientation