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Inventions 2018, 3(2), 39;

How to Automate a Kinematic Mount Using a 3D Printed Arduino-Based System

Aistech Space, Esteve Terrades 1, Despacho 110, 08860 Castelldefels, Barcelona, Spain
ICFO-Institut de Ciencies Fotoniques, the Barcelona Institute of Science and Technology, Mediterranean Technology Park, 08860 Castelldefels, Barcelona, Spain
Department of Signal Theory and Communications, Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya, BarcelonaTech, 08034 Barcelona, Spain
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Received: 15 March 2018 / Revised: 5 June 2018 / Accepted: 13 June 2018 / Published: 19 June 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Innovations in 3-D Printing)
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We demonstrate a simple, flexible and cost-effective system to automatize most of the kinematic mounts available nowadays on the market. It combines 3D-printed components, an Arduino board, stepper motors and simple electronics. The developed system can control up to ten stepper motors independently and simultaneously using commands sent through the serial port, and it is suitable for applications where optical realignment using flat mirrors is required on a periodic basis. View Full-Text
Keywords: open-source equipment; optics; 3D printing; Arduino open-source equipment; optics; 3D printing; Arduino

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Salazar-Serrano, L.J.; Jiménez, G.; Torres, J.P. How to Automate a Kinematic Mount Using a 3D Printed Arduino-Based System. Inventions 2018, 3, 39.

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