Educator’s Kit

State of the Art Programmable Lasers for Educational Institutions

Mirrorcle MEMS mirrors are used worldwide in:

  • Most of the LiDAR industry’s self-driving car prototypes using MEMS
  • The majority of the biomedical industry’s handhelds imaging devices
  • NASA and ARL LiDAR, 3D Metrology/Scanning, and more…

Professors are offered a special Educator’s Kit to help prepare their students for the cutting edge of modern industries.

The kit can also serve as a valuable educational tool for instruction on spring-mass systems, resonance, impulse/step responses, and more.

Our Technology

Gimbal-less design optimized for point-to-point optical beam scanning
Fastest point-to-point dual-axis and single axis MEMS mirrors
Highly repeatable with no detectable degradation over time (>50,000 hr lifetime)
The MEMS Scan Head is an opto-mechanical assembly in a metal clamshell housing, containing a laser module, projection lens, and a MEMS mirror

Interface between user software and Mirrorcle MEMS

Output waveforms in open loop to drive the MEMS mirror and peripherals

Three platforms:

Windows

Linux

Android

Five languages:

C++

Matlab

Java

Python

LabView

Examples of Educational Uses

Core Engineering Concepts

The mirror serves as its own oscilloscope where the inputs in voltages are reflected as visual outputs as the mirror tilts to steer the incident laser beam.

Electrical Engineering:
Filter Response

A MEMS mirror can be an excellent tool for exploring filter response and the effects of applying a filter input to a mechanical system.
MirrorcleDraw comes with a number of built-in software filters while the Controller has an onboard hardware filter (6th order Bessel)
This allows for experimentation with:

  • Bessel
  • Butterworth
  • Chebyshev
  • Elliptic
  • Legendre

Demonstrate and study group delay by observing how a filter affects the mirror movement as opposed to the signal input.

Electrical Engineering: Lissajous

As Mirrorcle’s MEMS are dual-axis mirrors, they can be used to explore and experiment with Lissajous patterns!

Signal Analysis
Amplitude Modulation
Frequency Modulation

  • Mixing frequencies
  • Beat frequencies
Vector Graphics

MEMS mirrors are an intuitive way of demonstrating and understanding vector graphics.
Explore the concepts of the Keypoints of a vector graphic versus its samples
Explore various forms of interpolation and how they affect the MEMS mirrors movement and tendency for excitation

  • Linear, Trapezoidal, etc.

Apply the “Traveling Salesperson Problem”
Input Shaping in Time Domain

  • Control of position, first and 2nd derivatives
  • Frequency Domain (with filters)

Laser Modulation control (on / off) and alignment to graphics
Have students compete in writing their own interpolation algorithms

Mechanical/Electrical: Resonance

Use the MEMS mirror as a tool to visualize resonance!

  • Drive the mirror at its resonant frequency and observe as the mirror’s scan angle jumps.

Study the non-linearities of the MEMS mirror system and its effect on the resonance of the mirror

  • How does the angle of the mirror affect its resonance?
  • How does the Vbias of the drive signal affect the resonance of the mirror?

Find Frequency and quality factor

Study 2nd Order (Spring-mass) Systems

System identification
Model systems and compare output to simulated output
E.g. Create a Simulink model of the driver and device and compare input/output simulation vs. real system

For more information,request
Application Note AN002

Input Shaping / Inverse System Filter

“Break speed limits” by preparing waveforms which invert system response and extend utilizable bandwidth
Have step-response competitions!

Industrial / Commercial Applications

3D Scanning Systems
Boeing SpectroScan 3D LiDAR System
Thorlabs OCT scanner
Army Research Lab’s Duo-Static LiDAR system

Pricing and Components

Educator’s Kit – Base

Includes:

  • 1x Scan Module (EaZy 2.0) (red laser, 3-5mW)
  • 2x MEMS mirrors A3I12.2-1200AL-TINY20.4-A/W/TP
  • 1x USB-SL MZ MEMS Controllers
  • Mounting cradle for Scan Module + MEMS Mirror
  • Mirrorcle Software Suite – Applications
    • MirrorcleDraw and additional Windows demo applications, Educational Versions
    • 4 hours of software support

Price: $2,999

  • Educational discount offer is limited to educational institutions
  • (Standard rate: $5,557 if purchased as individual items by a non educational organization)

Additional Kit Purchase Benefits

  • 15% discount for any additional items bundled and purchased simultaneously with the Kit
  • 12 months waiver of MOQ and MOV for orders of MirrorcleTech products

Educator's Kit - Add-ons

MEMS Mirrors

5x MEMS Mirror Pack :

8x MEMS Mirror Pack :

10x MEMS Mirror Pack :

Software

Educational SDK Suite:

  • Ideal for programming Mirrorcle MEMS in user and research-specific applications
  • Includes the complete Mirrorcle Software Suite + the Python SDK
    • All of the standard applications
    • C++ SDK
    • Matlab SDK
    • LabView SDK
    • Python SDK
    • Extensive supporting documentation
  • Price: $1,400
C++/LabView Software Kit:

  • Includes the C++ and LabView SDKs with libraries, example applications with documented source code, and access to extensive API documentation
  • Price: $999
Matlab/Python Software Kit:

  • Includes the Matlab and Python SDKs with libraries, example applications with documented source code, and access to extensive API documentation
  • Price: $799

To purchase an Educator’s Kit, or for more information:

Please contact us at info@mirrorcletech.com