Motorized MT Series Translation Stages
Single Axis and XYZ Configurations
Motorized with our Z812B Actuator
The MT1-Z8 and MT3-Z8 are DC Motorized Versions of the manual MT Series Translation Stages. Our MT1-Z8 is a single axis stage, while the MT3-Z8 consists of three MT1-Z8 stages combined with our MT401 and MT402 adapters to form an XYZ configured stage. Please note that these stages do not include a DC Servo Motor Controller, but the TDC001 offered below is the recommended controller.
MT401- MT Series Base Plate: The MT401 base plate provides mounting flanges with 1" (25 mm) centers that can be used to fasten the MT series stages to an optical breadboard. This base is ideal for XY or XYZ multi-axis configurations where the standard counterbores in the middle of the stages are obstructed.
MT402- MT Series Right Angle Bracket: The MT402, as shown to the right, allows two stages to be mounted perpendicular to each other. This plate is required when assembling stages in an XYZ configuration. This angle bracket is pre-drilled and includes alignment pins to guarantee that all stages are orthogonal to each other.
MT405- Side Mounted Actuator Kit:The MT405 repositions the actuator from the rear of the stage to the side, as shown in the image on the right. This kit is necessary when space constraints do not allow for the actuator to protrude from the rear of the stage. This kit conveniently mounts to the side of the stage with 4 cap screws.
MT406(/M)- Flexure Stage Accessories Adapter Plate: The MT406 fastens directly to the top of the MT series stage with two 1/4"-20 (M6) cap screws. It is compatible with our current full range of 3 mm wide alignment key MBT and MAX series flexure stage accessories. This adapter plate is ideal for creating basic fiber coupling solutions.
Control via Overlay or Computer
The TDC001 is the DC Motor Controller of our T-Cube Family. This single-channel controller features a control panel on top, which offers move/jog buttons to move the actuator's leadscrew in discrete steps and a velocity potentiometer to move the leadscrew at various velocities. The TDC001 can be connected to a computer using USB 2.0 and controlled via Thorlabs' APT Server Software.
This is the recommended controller for Thorlabs' Z8 Series of DC Actuators. The controller does not include a power supply, but three compatible power supplies are below.
More detailed information can be found on the main TDC001 DC Motor Controller page.
The preferred power supply (i.e., single channel, multi-channel, or hub-based) for your TDC001 DC Motor Controller depends on your application and whether you already own compatible power supplies. Thus, Thorlabs does not prebundle a power supply with your purchase of the TDC001.
The TDC001 DC motor controller can be powered using either a TPS001 or a TPS008 power supply or the TCH002 T-Cube Hub and Power Supply. The TPS001 powers a single T-Cube, while the TPS008 can power up to 8 T-Cubes. Both units plug into a standard wall outlet and provide +15 VDC. The TCH002 Hub and Power Supply consists of two parts: the hub, which can support up to six standard-footprint T-cubes, and a power supply that plugs into a standard wall outlet and powers the hub, which in turn powers all the T-cubes connected to the hub. In addition, the hub provides USB connectivity to any docked T-Cube through a single USB connection.