New Scale Technologies M3-L Linear Smart Actuators

The world’s smallest closed-loop linear motion system.

The M3-L is a miniature high resolution positioning system. It is a “smart” actuator with integrated driver and closed-loop controller inside the actuator.

This compact, powerful motion system helps original equipment manufacture (OEM) designers improve performance and reduce the size of instruments in a wide range of applications.

M3-L micro linear actuators add high resolution positioning to portable and hand-held devices. They accept a 3.3V supply and high level input via standard serial interface.

Production-ready standard modules are available, as well as customized modules to fit your OEM application.

M3-L developer kits are available for purchase from our webshop.


  • Small: complete, compact system with embedded closed-loop controls. Less than than half the size and one-fourth the weight of comparable systems.
  • No external control board is needed.
  • Precise: 0.5μm position resolution with six millimeters of travel.
  • Low voltage, low power use: runs on 3.3V input, holds position with power off.
  • Simple system integration: accepts high-level motion commands DIRECTLY from your system processor, over standard serial interface (I2C or SPI).
  • Flexible system, fast time to market: the M3 platform is designed for rapid customization. Modules are configurable for single- or multi-axis motion and travel up to 20 mm.



This product could be used for the following applications:

  • Precision tuning of optical and photonics systems
  • Laser beam steering and targeting
  • Field-portable systems for biomedical and chemical detection and analysis
  • Micro surgical devices
  • Point-of-care systems


This product is manufactured by New Scale Technologies.

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