- Manipulators

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Design and prototype manipulators.
These devices are to be incorporated into systems like Mosquito Scientific Instrument System, the Touch-sensitive robot for micromanipulation, and others. 
They are also distributed separably. 

Now commercialized by Tactus Scientific Inc. 

Manipulators path to market
Manipulators VAS

Piezo Micromanipulator on MindMup (members only)



Piezo-bases manipulators

Manual manipulators


Achieved goals

Long-term goals

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  • Revenue will be generated by selling the xyz piezo micromanipulator, with the Mosquito Scientific Instrument or separately. 
  • The Mosquito will be integrated within the Scientific Instrument System, the Field System and the Educational System. All members involved in design and prototyping will be compensated from the income generated by sales, in proportion with their involvement. Any future improvement will be accounted for. 
  • Members involved in the manufacturing process will get compensated according to the amount of time they put in.
  • Members involved on marketing and branding will also get a cut of sells. 
  • A cut is also allocated to members operating in the social space, helping our community to grow and improving the image of our community, and to members working on SENSORICA's infrastructure.

See SENSORICA Business Model and Contribution Accounting System.

Tools, activities, and processes

Skills and resources needed

  • electronics
  • mechanics (design and 3D modeling)
  • outreach and sales
  • service

Contact us if you want to contribute!

MPM - S1 Piezo (stack and tube) 
2 to 3 axis

Actuator designed and prototyped by Daniel and Antonio
Betta product stage.

Driver designed and prototyped by Antonio and Jonathan.
Betta product stage.
2-axis actuator

3-axis actuator
 2-axis driver
3-axis driver

Long range single axis stackable

Actuator design by Antonio.
In prototyping

Tilt piezo-based micromanipulator

Actuator design by Felipe.
In prototyping

3D model of the 3 axis long range

3D model of the tilt device

Low-cost 1 to 3 axis

Actuator design by Antonio and Tibi

Designed and prototyped by Tibi and Daniel
Alpha product stage



  • Low cost piezo actuator V4 We are assembling a new prototype of the low cost piezo actuator. The improvement is higher density of piezo buzzers to increase the range of this device. 
    Posted Nov 19, 2014, 12:16 PM by Tiberius Brastaviceanu
  • Low cost piezo-based actuator ready! The third prototype of the low-cost piezo-based actuator was successfully tested today at the SENSORICA lab in Montreal. Applications: biology, micro 3D printer, microelectronics, etc... The actuator alone ...
    Posted Oct 2, 2014, 11:39 AM by Tiberius Brastaviceanu
  • ENGAGE grant with McGill was awarded A 25K ENGAGE grant was awarded on August first to a collaborative project between SENSORICA affiliates and Dr. P.H. Grutter from McGill University, Department of Physics. As in the ...
    Posted Aug 15, 2014, 11:28 PM by Tiberius Brastaviceanu
  • Piezo motor-based tilt stage under testing Testing of the first prototype of the new tilt stage, by Antonio and Felipe. The casing was 3D printed in our lab. The tilt is +/- 4with 0.0002 ...
    Posted Sep 20, 2014, 4:12 PM by Tiberius Brastaviceanu
  • Low cost, long range piezo stack demonstrated Open main doc
    Posted Jan 2, 2014, 9:34 PM by Tiberius Brastaviceanu
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3D model by Daniel Brastaviceanu 

Second 2-axis prototype of the mechanical assembly
with 3D printed parts

First xyz prototype of the mechanical assembly with CNC parts

2-axis piezo driver prototype finished and tested with the low-cost tape sensor

Tests of the piezo, full range and speed

Piezo tests at Montreal Heart Institute