Using XY stages is common in many fields:

  • 3D printing
  • Genetics instruments
  • semiconductor lithography
  • automated microscope slide imaging

See for example https://www.asml.com/en/technology/lithography-principles/mechanics-and-mechatronics

Optimizing an XY stage for:

  • precision
  • accuracy
  • speed

Is a challenging problem of controls, structural engineering, and motion.

Is there an online or in person course that teaches the fundamentals of systems built for these purposes?

Perhaps a graduate level course? Coursera? LinkedIn? Kahn Academy? a stage vendor?

  • $\begingroup$ shopping questions are off topic here $\endgroup$ – jsotola May 11 at 19:49
  • $\begingroup$ Welcome to Robotics user3533030, but I'm afraid that Life Questions are off-topic. Choosing how to spend your time (books to read, classes to take, projects to construct, career to pursue etc.) may be difficult, but it's specific to you, so unlikely to help future visitors. Questions like this are welcome in Robotics Chat when you have the privilege. We prefer practical, answerable questions based on actual problems that you face, see How to Ask & tour. $\endgroup$ – Chuck May 11 at 20:38
  • $\begingroup$ You seem to outline three broad categories of knowledge here - controls, structural engineering, and "motion." These classes, at their most basic/introductory, are typically third-year mechanical engineering courses. Algebra leads to linear algebra and calculus, which leads to physics and static analysis, which leads to dynamic analysis, which leads to structural analysis and deformable bodies. The dynamic analysis also forks into a class of problems that are called "system dynamics" where I'm from, which goes over the dynamics of coupled bodies ("motion") and that class leads to controls. $\endgroup$ – Chuck May 11 at 20:42
  • $\begingroup$ I'm not sure how much you would get out of a controls course if you don't have a firm grasp on how to model a system. I don't know how well you could model a system if you can't model the dynamics of an individual. I don't know how well you could model an individual if you don't have a command of physics and differential equations. Engineering is a career path that typically takes years of classes, and again, that's to get into the "introductory" courses on the subjects. $\endgroup$ – Chuck May 11 at 20:44
  • $\begingroup$ Sorry... I'm trying to get a lot deeper than the PID loop answer. Even deeper than the "search for resonances" answer. I'm trying to get to the level where FEA for the structure, motion control, methods of translation, flexure mounting are all integrated into the concept. This is why I listed the systems above. I already have a PhD in Applied Physics, so I know a fair amount about engineering, PDEs, ODEs, linear systems, controls, material science and structural dynamics / modal analysis. $\endgroup$ – user3533030 May 12 at 6:04

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