Hardly any fast-growing technical industry can exist without components for microsystems technology in terms of sensors and actuators. In order to meet the growing demands on the performance of micromechanical components and expand the technical base for new applications, further miniaturization is essential. The miniaturization as part of a technical evolution further means, that novel principles for micro- and nanomechanical systems are required. For this purpose, the Fraunhofer project group »Mesoscopic Actuators and Systems« (MESYS) is developing a new class of electrostatic bending actuators (NED) and tests these actuators in MEMS-based microsystems on various fields of applications.
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Electrostatic bending actuators (NED)
Out-of-plane and In-plane electrostatic bending actuators.