Here are a few of the questions that we answered most often at Photonics West.
Q. Where is the controller?
A.Inside the module! This is
not what people expect and sets a new standard for the industry. No more separate boxes or big printed circuit boards... it's all inside.
Q. Is this a camera? A. No, it's a lens motion system that accepts standard lenses and fits over the image sensor (up to 17x17 mm) on your camera. With standard mounting holes it can be installed on a board camera as easily as you'd install a fixed lens holder. With the controller inside, it's simple to control using high-level ASCII commands over standard serial interface. Read the application note for details.
Q. What size lens can it carry? A. M16 directly, M12 with adapter (included), and smaller sizes by special order.
It supports lens weight up to 5 grams, or heavier if it will be used in a fixed orientation.
Q. What is the range of travel? A. Up to 1.5 mm.
Q. What is the difference between the M3-FS and the M3-F?
A. The M3-FS has 3x better tilt and accuracy specifications, superior dynamic stability and longer life. It also takes larger lenses, up to M16. The original M3-F remains an economical choice for lower precision requirements or fixed camera positions. It takes lenses up to M12. The differences stem from an improved design with anodized aluminum vs. molded polymer, and an innovative ball bearing guide mechanism vs. pin-bushing guides.
Q. How do I send commands to the module? A. Direct digital or analog servo input. You can use it as a SPI slave, use I2C or UART channels, or use the analog position servo. We provide a reference guide that explains how to connect, set up and communicate with the module through any of these methods - in addition to the USB adapter and software included in the developer's kit.
Watch the detailed dev kit video (3:35)
Q. What's included in the Developer's Kit? A. An M3-FS-1.8-1.5-M16 focus module that accepts your M16 lens, an adapter to accept your M12 lens, cables, instructions, a USB adapter and New Scale Pathway™ software for evaluation and system development. See the video for what's included and how to use it. (3:35)
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