XY360: ferrofluid microscope stage
Themes: High Tech
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Ferrofluid offers a 10 to 100 times more cost effective way to combine translation and rotation in high precision nanometre positioning systems such as microscope stages.
The microscope stage, named XY360, is supported by drops of ferrofluid, a colloidal liquid of oil and ferromagnetic nanoparticles. The oil's lubrication and viscous damping enable a robust, compact and cost effective high precision stage.
A functioning early prototype is now available for investors and microscope fabricators. Other potential applications of ferrofluid are stick-slip-free high precision bearings, targeted lubrication, active seals, micro valves, medical applications, art, and more.
Ir. Jo Spronck