Image Number 14 for United States Patent #6671939.
A piezoelectric/electrostrictive device includes a pair of mutually opposing thin plate sections, a movable section, and a fixation section for supporting the thin plate sections and the movable section. One or more piezoelectric/electrostrictive elements are arranged on the pair of thin plate sections. A hole is formed by both inner walls of the pair of thin plate sections, an inner wall of the movable section, and an inner wall of the fixation section. At least one thin plate section of the pair of thin plate sections is previously bent in a direction to make mutual approach so that it has an inwardly convex configuration to the hole.