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Title: Ultra-precision positioning assembly

Abstract

An apparatus and method is disclosed for ultra-precision positioning. A slide base provides a foundational support. A slide plate moves with respect to the slide base along a first geometric axis. Either a ball-screw or a piezoelectric actuator working separate or in conjunction displaces the slide plate with respect to the slide base along the first geometric axis. A linking device directs a primary force vector into a center-line of the ball-screw. The linking device consists of a first link which directs a first portion of the primary force vector to an apex point, located along the center-line of the ball-screw, and a second link for directing a second portion of the primary force vector to the apex point. A set of rails, oriented substantially parallel to the center-line of the ball-screw, direct movement of the slide plate with respect to the slide base along the first geometric axis and are positioned such that the apex point falls within a geometric plane formed by the rails. The slide base, the slide plate, the ball-screw, and the linking device together form a slide assembly. Multiple slide assemblies can be distributed about a platform. In such a configuration, the platform may bemore » raised and lowered, or tipped and tilted by jointly or independently displacing the slide plates.« less

Inventors:
 [1];  [2];  [3]
  1. San Francisco, CA
  2. Livermore, CA
  3. Pleasanton, CA
Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (LLNL), Livermore, CA (United States)
OSTI Identifier:
874535
Patent Number(s):
US 6408526
Assignee:
The Regents of the University of California (Oakland, CA)
DOE Contract Number:  
W-7405-ENG-48
Resource Type:
Patent
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
ultra-precision; positioning; assembly; apparatus; method; disclosed; slide; base; provides; foundational; support; plate; moves; geometric; axis; ball-screw; piezoelectric; actuator; separate; conjunction; displaces; linking; device; directs; primary; force; vector; center-line; consists; link; portion; apex; located; directing; set; rails; oriented; substantially; parallel; direct; movement; positioned; falls; plane; formed; form; multiple; assemblies; distributed; platform; configuration; raised; lowered; tipped; tilted; jointly; independently; displacing; plates; substantially parallel; /33/269/

Citation Formats

Montesanti, Richard C, Locke, Stanley F, and Thompson, Samuel L. Ultra-precision positioning assembly. United States: N. p., 2002. Web.
Montesanti, Richard C, Locke, Stanley F, & Thompson, Samuel L. Ultra-precision positioning assembly. United States.
Montesanti, Richard C, Locke, Stanley F, and Thompson, Samuel L. Tue . "Ultra-precision positioning assembly". United States. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/874535.
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abstractNote = {An apparatus and method is disclosed for ultra-precision positioning. A slide base provides a foundational support. A slide plate moves with respect to the slide base along a first geometric axis. Either a ball-screw or a piezoelectric actuator working separate or in conjunction displaces the slide plate with respect to the slide base along the first geometric axis. A linking device directs a primary force vector into a center-line of the ball-screw. The linking device consists of a first link which directs a first portion of the primary force vector to an apex point, located along the center-line of the ball-screw, and a second link for directing a second portion of the primary force vector to the apex point. A set of rails, oriented substantially parallel to the center-line of the ball-screw, direct movement of the slide plate with respect to the slide base along the first geometric axis and are positioned such that the apex point falls within a geometric plane formed by the rails. The slide base, the slide plate, the ball-screw, and the linking device together form a slide assembly. Multiple slide assemblies can be distributed about a platform. In such a configuration, the platform may be raised and lowered, or tipped and tilted by jointly or independently displacing the slide plates.},
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place = {United States},
year = {2002},
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