Founded in 1998...

Dynamic Structures and Materials, LLC (DSM), founded in 1998, specializes in the design, development, and integration of hardware and control electronics for custom high precision motion control systems and positioning applications. DSM works in all industries and enjoys strong customer and partner relationships with commercial, government agencies, national laboratories, and academic institutions. DSM welcomes the opportunity to evaluate your precision motion requirements.
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Our Core Competencies.


Specialty Actuator & Stage Design

  • Flexure-based, solid-state piezo actuators optimized by FEA
  • Designs for constrained geometries and restrictive environments (non-magnetic, vacuum, high-temperature, shock-resistant)
  • Application-dependent integration of piezoelectric or traditional electromagnetic technologies


System Integration & Machine Design

  • Custom hardware, software and electronics for turnkey solutions to unique engineering challenges
  • Precision robotic systems and machine designs for single- and multi-axis control


Controls Design & Custom Electronics

  • PC-based and stand-alone closed-loop motion control with custom power and amplifier electronics for driving capacitive loads
  • Multi-axis motion control with sub-micron and nanometer-level positioning resolution
  • Sensor implementation for force and position control


Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR)

DSM is an active and successful participant in the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs, which fund high-risk advanced technology that will help America maintain its competitive edge in the global marketplace.

    See what our clients have to say.

    In our over 20 years in business, we have had the pleasure to work with hundreds of happy clients. Here's just a few of them. Call or email us now to hear more about our success stories.

    Dynamic Structures & Materials took the time to work with me. [DSM] had patience as well as the expertise and advice to work with getting this device built, when all the other companies thought this was impossible.
    M. Milner, Graduate Student at The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
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    I have worked with DSM since 2014 where they were tasked to provide actuation solutions for a family of developmental aerospace vehicles. Since joining the team, DSM has consistently exceeded expectations and produced outstanding results that in no small part contributed to several, large program achievements. The DSM team offers talent, drive, agility, and best practices engineering to rapidly deliver innovative solutions to complex research and development challenges. Moreover, their ability and desire to be supportive teammates quickly resulted in their role expanding to becoming an integral part of the systems engineering team for the aerospace vehicle designs at-large. The DSM team simply has the right stuff for advanced technology research and development, and I am pleased to offer them my highest recommendation.
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    Engineering Lead, Large Defense/Technologies Company
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    I am very satisfied with the quality of the z-axis stage provided by DSM, as it matches and sometimes exceeds the specifications for our 96-camera microscope system. As a biophotonics researcher with an amateur electro-optic design background, I do not often distinguish between the industry practice of drafting design specifications (what to have) from design implementations (howto build). Jeff from DSM patiently guided me on these practices, ranging from recommending the best combination of piezo actuators and amplifiers from the DSM catalog, down to short-listing the aluminum alloy to be used for the microscope stage enclosure. The finished product, a wide aperture microscope stage with micrometer scale precision, matches our specification of our microscope system.For research projects with a typical turnaround time of two years or less, off-the-shelf components have always been preferred to reduce the risk of delay. When customization cannot be avoided, we tend to reach either the popular brands overseas for their track record, or local engineering design firms who build on top of existing downstream components. These methods can introduce cost overruns. What I like about DSM is that their design team is readily reachable since they are located in the US,and they design and test the piezo-flexure components in house. This means that they are able to control costs more effectively with tighter design margins and a better component integration.
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    Dr. Antony Chan, Postdoctoral Scholar at the California Institute of Technology
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