It may surprise you but about 15% of Point Source Microscopes (PSMs) purchased are built into custom optical test hardware. Optical Perspectives supplies a CAD model of the PSM to help the customer integrate the PSM into their test hardware design. When the custom hardware is built the PSM is bolted in place, connected to its computer and the test hardware is ready to use as an autocollimator, alignment device or centering sensor.
This COTS approach reduces the time and cost of custom optical test hardware by avoiding the development and procurement phase of obtaining a precision sensor and software for optical test equipment.
The PSM is compact and lightweight so it is easy to mount to almost any structure via the many tapped mounting holes in its body. Two USB connections to a computer with installed and proven PSM Align software is all that is needed to be up and running.
If a change is needed in the software to optimize the PSM for your application it is easily made on industry standard, LabVIEW™ based, PSM Align software. Optical Perspectives will even provide the source code if a customer wants to introduce their own modifications.
The PSM coupled with its custom, precision tip/tilt mount and right angle adapter is an autocollimator with better than 1 arc second resolution.
In this configuration, the output beam can be oriented 360 degrees relative to the PSM body and the total package has a form factor of 160 x 110 x 54 mm and a mass of about 1 kg.
For use as an alignment or centering sensor the PSM has a form factor of 200 x 110 x 32 mm and a mass of less than 1 kg.
There are also adapters to mount the PSM in other centering devices or for mounting as the sensor on a CMM in place of a touch probe.
Use with a CMM is ideal for aligning complex, precision optical systems to assure that all components are positioned exactly to design to CMM accuracies.