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Fused Silica Glass Flexures

Flexure mechanisms made of metals have been utilized in precision instruments for several hundreds o...

SpaceX CRS-6 Resupply Mission Brings Translume Equipment to ISS

Following a weather scrub on Monday, April 13th, 2015, SpaceX successfully launched its seventh Drag...

Serving Customers Since 2001

Serving Customers Since 2001

Flexures for Metrology

Flexures For Metrology

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Flow Cells with Unique features

Standard or Custom Design

Standard or Custom Parts

  • Fused Silica Glass Flexures

  • SpaceX CRS-6 Resupply Mission Brings Translume Equipment to ISS

  • Serving Customers Since 2001

  • Flexures for Metrology

  • Unique Capabilities

  • Standard or Custom Design

  • Glass Micromachining Services

    Need something small machined from glass?

    Translume has years of experience fabricating custom-designed parts out of fused silica glass. If you’re looking for high precision machining of fused silica, don’t look any further. We will provide you with the best glass micromachining solution, as we have done so for the past 12+ years for hundreds of extremely satisfied customers.

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  • Glass Microfluidic Chips

    Translume offers a large selection of standard microfluidic chip and flow cells fabricated from fused silica glass.  Many of these standards glass items are available immediately from our stock or on short order.  Check our webstore  to see today’s availability.  Should you not find what you want in our webstore, we also offer a rapid fabrication service to produce custom chips and flow cells.

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  • Fused Silica Glass Flexures

    Flexure mechanisms made of metals have been utilized in precision instruments for several hundreds of years, but until recently, you could not procure one made out of fused silica glass. Pity! Because fused silica flexures may be the best option for your precision application, really!

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4 rings of ions trapped in an oblate Paul trap (Source: Campbell group - UCLA)4 rings of ions trapped in an oblate Paul trap (Source: Campbell group - UCLA)

The Wes Campbell group (UCLA) reports successfully trapping and cooling a two-dimensional crystal of 174Yb ions in an oblate Paul trap, which was fabricated by Translume.

Top view of a fused silica flexure with waveguide under test. The flexure is excited manually and vibrates at a few hundred hertz. Top view of a fused silica flexure with waveguide under test. The flexure is excited manually and vibrates at a few hundred hertz.

For the first time, high-precision flexures and cantilevers with integrated optical waveguides are commercially available. Many have already discovered that our fused silica flexures, with their near-zero coefficient of thermal expansion, and their almost perfect elastic behavior, provide exceptional advantages in demanding metrology applications. In addition these flexures and cantilevers can now be procured with integrated waveguides.

Following a weather scrub on Monday, April 13th, 2015, SpaceX successfully launched its seventh Dragon Resupply Mission with the cargo craft lifting off from Cape Canaveral’s SLC-40 atop a Falcon 9 rocket. Bound for a five-week visit to the ISS, the CRS-6 Dragon departed the Cape at 16:10 local time. This is the second SpaceX flight to bring Translume hardware to the International Space Station; the first batch of Translume hardware brought to the International Space Station was in of April 2014, with the SpaceX CRS-3 Dragon Resupply Mission.

Arrival of CRS-3 Dragon at ISSArrival of CRS-3 Dragon at ISS

Felipe Guzman Cervantesy, Lee Kumanchik, Jon Pratt, and Jacob M. Taylor of NIST Gaithersburg (MD) and the Joint Quantum Institute (University of Maryland) report on a novel self-calibrating optomechanical device for absolute acceleration sensing that combines both wide bandwidth (10 kHz) and exquisite resolution at room temperature.

This group demonstrated an accelerometer with unprecedented sensitivities better than 100 nano-gn/Hz1/2 over a measurement bandwidth extending from 1.5 to 12 kHz.