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360 Degree Continuous Rotation Stage with Stepper Motor Actuator


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Features

  • Resolution Better than 1 arcsec
  • SM2 Threaded Central Aperture
  • High Load Capacity, 50 kg Maximum Axial Load
  • Preloaded Worm Gear Drive Mechanism with Minimal Backlash
  • Origin Indicating Switch Every 360°
  • Range of Mounting Options Available

The NR360S rotation stage provides arcsecond resolution when driven from a micro-stepping stepper motor controller, such as the BSC20x Series Benchtop Controllers. The low-profile design has a height of just 55 mm due to the use of two compact precision bearings. The rotating carriage of the stage allows continuous rotation and can support loads up to 50 kg. The aperture through the center of the rotation stage features an SM2 thread on the rotating and the non-rotating parts, making the stage compatible with our SM2 range of lens tubes and Ø2" optics, such as our polymer wave plates.

The frame of the stage is made from aluminum and has four 1/4" (M6) countersunk holes that allow the stage to be secured to a translation stage or optical table using one of the adapter plates presented below. In addition, four M6 tapped mounting holes are located on the sides of the stage to provide additional mounting options. A worm gear assembly transfers the rotary motion of the stepper motor into rotary motion of the carriage. The mechanical reduction in this gear assembly provides one revolution of the carriage for every 66 turns of the stepper motor.

We encourage you to review the tabs above for detailed specifications of the NR360S and the recommended Stepper Motor Controller, the BSC200 Series. Please note that Thorlabs offers bottom mounting adapter plates and brackets to secure the NR360S as well as several types of rotating adapter plates; these items are featured below with more detailed product descriptions.

Item #NR360S
Travel360° Continuous Rotation
On Axis Load Capacity110 lbs (50 kg)
Drive MechanismWorm Drive
Limit SwitchesReference Signal Every 360°
Motor Type2 Phase Stepper
Accuracy5 arcmin (If Used with BSC201)
Resolution<1 arcsec
Bidirectional Repeatability10 arcsec
Speed Range50°/ sec (If Used with BSC201)
Recommended ControllerBSC201
Weight3.08 lbs (1.4 kg)
Attached Cable Length0.4 m
Included Extension CablePAA613, 3 m Cable

Note. The speeds quoted above are only achievable with lighter loads. When using heavy loads the speed should be reduced accordingly.

Motor Specs
Step Angle1.8°
Rated Phase Current1 A
Phase Resistance4.6 Ω
Phase Inductance0.6 mH
Holding Torque23.1 N-cm
Detent Torque1.7 N-cm
Rotor Inertia32 g-cm2

Cables and Compatible Thorlabs Controllers

ControllerCable
MST601 units with 25-pin D-TypePAA611, 3 m Cable
BSC20x and
MST602 with 15-pin D-Type
PAA613, 3 m Cable

Although the Benchtop Controller (BSC20x) is recommended, if a rack system is preferred, please see MST602. Thorlabs offers a variety of driver cables in addition to the products listed above.

NR360S Pin Connections

D-type Male

DB15 Male

PINDescription
1Limit Switch Ground
3Clockwise Limit Switch Output
4Stepper Motor Phase B-
5Stepper Motor Phase B+
6Stepper Motor Phase A-
7Stepper Motor Phase A+
15Earth for Cable Braid
2, 8 - 14Not Used

Adapter for Controllers Included

BSC203
BSC203

Features

  • High Resolution Microstepping Control for Very Fine Positioning Applications
  • Stable and Predictable Low Speed Operation for Velocity Sensitive Applications
  • Differential Encoder Feedback (QEP Inputs) for Closed Loop Positioning
  • Auto-Configure Function for all Thorlabs Stages
  • Motor Control I/O Port (Jogging, Interlocks)
  • Full Software Control Suite Supplied
  • Inuititive Software Graphical Control Panels
  • Extensive ActiveX® Programming Interfaces
  • Fully Software Integrated with Other apt™ Family Controllers

The BSC100 Series apt™ controller is a range of single, two and three channel 50 W stepper motor controllers designed to drive high power, 2-phase bi-polar stepper motors, with and without encoder feedback. It is the recommended driver for the NanoRotator 360 Degree Rotation Stage (NR360S). The unit is designed to drive not only nano-positioning actuators and stages, but also any generic two phases bi-polar motor of varying powers and varying cardinal step sizes (a breakout cable is available to support this latter option).

USB connectivity provides easy plug-and-play PC operation - multiple units can be connected to a single PC via standard USB hub technology for multi-axis motion control applications. Coupling this with the very user friendly apt™ software allows the user to very quickly get up and running with reasonably complex move sequences in a short period of time – for example, all relevant operating parameters are set automatically for Thorlabs stage/actuator products, such as the NR360S. For a full presentation of the BSC Series of Stepper Motor Controllers, please click here.

Item #BSC201BSC202, BSC203
Controller Specifications
Input and Output
Motor Drive Connector
(15-Pin D-Type Female)
2 Phase Bipolar Motor Drive Output
Differential Quadrature Encoder (QEP) Input
Forward, Reverse Limit Switch Inputs
Encoder 5V (with Ground)
Motor Control
(15-Pin D-Type Female)
Jog Forward/Back Input (TTL)
User Logic Input/Output (TTL)
Single Ended Analog Input (0-10V)
User 5V (with Ground) 100mA Max
Trigger Input/Output (TTL)
Motor Resolution
Microsteps per Full Step2048
For 200 Step Motor409,600 Microsteps/Rev
For 24 Step Motor49,152 Microsteps/Rev
Motor Drive Voltage48 V
Motor Drive PowerUp to 50 W (Peak)/25 W (Avg)
Motor SpeedsUp to 3000 RPM (200 Full Step Motor)
Encoder Feedback Bandwidth500 KHz (500,000 Counts/sec)
Input Power Requirements
Voltage85-264 VAC
Power100 W (Peak)200 W (Peak)
Fuse3.15 A
General
Housing Dimensions
(W x D x H)
152 x 244 x 104 mm
(6" x 9.6" x 4.1")
240 x 360 133 mm
(9.5" x 14.2" x 5.2")
Weight3.18 kg (7 lbs)6.7 kg (14.75 lbs)
Compatible Motor Specifications
StepAngleRange20° to 1.8°
Coil Resistance (Nom)4 to 15Ω
Coil Inductance (Nom)4 to 15 mH
Rated Phase Currents (Nom)0.1 to 1 A

BSC100 Series Connector Pin Out

Click the Support Documentation icon document icon or Part Number below to view the available support documentation
Part Number Product Description
BSC201 Support Documentation BSC201 : One-Channel aptTM Benchtop Stepper Motor Controller
BSC202 Support Documentation BSC202 : Two-Channel aptTM Benchtop Stepper Motor Controller
BSC203 Support Documentation BSC203 : Three-Channel aptTM Benchtop Stepper Motor Controller
NR360S Support Documentation NR360S : NanoRotator Stage with SM2-Threaded Center Hole
NR360S/M Support Documentation NR360S/M : NanoRotator Stage with SM2-Threaded Center Hole, Metric
NR360SP1 Support Documentation NR360SP1 : Table Mounting Plate For NR360S Stage
NR360SP1/M Support Documentation NR360SP1/M : Table Mounting Plate for NR360S Stage, Metric
NR360SP2 Support Documentation NR360SP2 : Vertical Mounting Bracket For NR360S Stage
Part Number Product Description
NR360SP2/M Support Documentation NR360SP2/M : Vertical Mounting Bracket for NR360S Stage, Metric
NR360SP4 Support Documentation NR360SP4 : Grooved Adapter Plate for NR360S Stage
NR360SP4/M Support Documentation NR360SP4/M : Grooved Adapter Plate for NR360S Stage, Metric
NR360SP5 Support Documentation NR360SP5 : Adapter Plate for Mounting NR360S to LNR or NRT Stages
NR360SP5/M Support Documentation NR360SP5/M : Adapter Plate for Mounting NR360S to LNR or NRT Stages, Metric
NR360SP8 Support Documentation NR360SP8 : SM1-Threaded Adapter for NR360S Stage
NR360SP9 Support Documentation NR360SP9 : 1/4"-20 and 8-32 Threaded Adapter Plate for NR360S Stage
NR360SP9/M Support Documentation NR360SP9/M : M6 and M4 Threaded Adapter Plate for NR360S Stage, Metric

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Poster: msoulby
Posted Date: 2014-07-02 09:47:55.0
Response from Mike at Thorlabs: There is no direct way to attach two NR360S rotation stages concentrically, however without knowing more about your application I am not certain what benefit there would be by mounting two rotation stages on top of each other, if you can provide us with an email address or contact details we would be happy to discuss your application in more detail with you. Also the stage can operate mounted on its side or upside down, however we would advise caution to avoid overloading the stage. All of our specs are for horizontal, on axis, loads and can take up to 50kg in this configuration however we do not currently have any data for the load capacity for using the stage upside down.
Poster:
Posted Date: 2014-06-30 17:26:53.853
I am trying to find a way to mount 2 rotation stages on top of each other in a concentric way. Will this stage function to the specs if it is mounted upside down? BirX
Poster: wise.adam.jay
Posted Date: 2014-03-23 21:01:05.353
Can you tell me what sort of inertial load this stage can handle without skipping steps? Is it possible to calculate this from the rotor inertia / torque? Thanks!
Poster: msoulby
Posted Date: 2014-03-24 09:50:20.0
Response from Mike at Thorlabs: The NR360S can handle an on axis load of up to 50kg when mounted horizontally. We do not specify for using off axis loads or torques but the stage can certainly handle 3-4 kg on a lever arm of about 25m lon.
Poster: msoulby
Posted Date: 2013-10-28 07:48:00.0
Response from Mike at Thorlabs: It is possible to use the trigger pins on the control I/O connector on the rear panel of the stepper controller to make the stage respond to an external trigger. The stage can be set to make an absolute or relative move in response to the input trigger. The trigger settings can be accessed from the APT user settings or by using the ActiveX method SetTriggerParams.
Poster: Paul.taylor
Posted Date: 2013-10-24 09:49:28.047
Hi. I am interested in using a nr360s to complete repeatable 180 degree moves. Is there a way to do this with the controller without permanent pc connection to the controller? Eg via a digital input or rs232 comma from a touchscreen ?
Poster: jlow
Posted Date: 2012-09-05 10:11:00.0
Response from Jeremy at Thorlabs: The holding torque is the torque keeping the motor static. Please note that the 23.1N-cm spec is the holding torque spec for the motor only. The load capacity when the NR360S is mounted vertically is around 10kg. 90Ncm would be around the maximum that you should put on the stage.
Poster: czl0579
Posted Date: 2012-09-02 17:14:48.0
How do you define the holding torque of the stage? We vertically mounted the stage and applyed 90Ncm torque onto it. The stage seems can still handle it. What is the load capacity perpendicular to rotation axis?
Poster: tcohen
Posted Date: 2012-03-29 12:38:00.0
Response from Tim at Thorlabs to quyngoc89: Accuracy is a measure of how well the stage will move to the intended position. Resolution is a measurement of the smallest amount the stage can be moved.
Poster: quyngoc89
Posted Date: 2012-03-29 12:10:35.0
I looked at the specs sheet but I don't understand the different between the accuracy (5 arcmin) and the resolution (1 arcsec). Could you please explain it? Thank you.
Poster: Frank.Warner
Posted Date: 2011-08-18 08:10:41.0
What bending moment can the rotator manage? The application requires one rotator mounted horizontally, with a second rotator mounted vertically and offset from the first by say 0.5 meters horizontally and connected to the first rotator. The bending moment may reach 3 kg-m.
Poster: jjurado
Posted Date: 2011-08-09 16:36:00.0
Response from Javier at Thorlabs to tlorentz: The NR360S is not designed for vacuum compatibility. The grease used in the stage is vacuum compatible, but the plastic and rubber components, and the anodizing, will in all likelihood outgass in vacuum levels higher than 10^-3 Torr.
Poster: tlorentz
Posted Date: 2011-08-08 17:32:07.0
How serious of a concern is outgassing with this product -- is it compatible with vacuum environments? e.g., up to 10^-3 torr, up to 10^-6 torr
Poster: gdavis
Posted Date: 2011-04-11 10:39:00.0
A response from Greg at Thorlabs to cwliang: The resolution of the NR360S is derived from the micro step count of the motor itself as there is no rotary encoder incorporated within this rotation stage.
Poster: cwliang
Posted Date: 2011-04-09 09:48:54.0
Hi there, The stage has a 1-arcsec resolution. Does this resolution came from the circular encoder readout or the step motor micro-steps counting?
Poster: tor
Posted Date: 2011-01-05 18:27:23.0
Response from Tor at Thorlabs to Boris: You can expect < 50 um for the NR360S. We are working on providing more specs for this stage in the near-future.
Poster: boris.kling
Posted Date: 2010-12-13 21:52:09.0
What is TIR (Total indicated runout) of NR360S rotation stage?
Poster: Thorlabs
Posted Date: 2010-12-08 11:46:02.0
Response from Javier at Thorlabs to khadock: The NR360S stage is suitable for operation in a class 1000 clean room environment. We would not recommend it for class 100 clean rooms, as outgassing might occur.
Poster: khadcock
Posted Date: 2010-12-07 16:51:23.0
Is the NR360S rated for clean-room use?
Poster: apalmentieri
Posted Date: 2010-01-29 18:11:46.0
A response from Adam at Thorlabs to Mathieu: The maximum static torque this stage can handle is 23.1Ncm. What type of torque will you apply? We are currently testing the dynamic torque, but would like to know you load specifications to better answer your question.
Poster: mathieu.gibert
Posted Date: 2010-01-28 18:27:02.0
What is the torque that this rotating stage can handle? -in static (I want it to stay in a particular angle but I apply a "constant" torque to it). -in dynamic (The applied "constant" torque is still present and I want the stage to turn to another specified angle) Thanks a lot in advance, Mat
Poster: klee
Posted Date: 2009-12-08 15:21:03.0
A response from Ken at Thorlabs to skhan17: The apt software will show degrees of movement when using NR360S. Just make sure you choose the correct stage and controller in the APTConfig utility before you run the program.
Poster: skhan17
Posted Date: 2009-12-08 15:07:05.0
Does the APT software that is included show degrees of movement when using NR360? Reading the Controller manual only shows movement in millimeters.
Poster: klee
Posted Date: 2009-08-12 14:35:49.0
A response from Ken at Thorlabs to wu47: Yes, you can use LabView to control NR360S/M, but you will need the BSC101 controller as well . There are video tutorials available on our website. http://www.thorlabs.com/tutorials/APTProgramming.cfm
Poster: wu47
Posted Date: 2009-08-12 13:43:04.0
can I use labview to control NR360S/M?
Poster: Tyler
Posted Date: 2008-06-13 08:43:14.0
A response from Tyler at Thorlabs to Ian: The hole spacing is not symmetrical about the 50 mm center hole on the NR360S because the space occupied by the internal mechanisms prevented the symmetric placement of the mounting holes. The distance between the mounting holes of 101 and 51 allow the stage to be mounted on a metric or imperial optical breadboard with the use of an NR360SP1 spacer plate. In an effort to keep our drawings uncluttered enough to be readable we only display a limited number of dimensions. If the dimension you are looking for is not displayed you can contact an applications engineer at Thorlabs or load the ParaSolid, eDrawing, or Step file and measure the dimension using the softwares measurement tool. eDrawings is a free web browser download that can be used to view the ParaSolid and eDrawing files. I will have an applications engineer contact you to avoid confusion and make sure that you are getting the dimension that you have requested. Thank you for your interest in our rotation stage.
Poster: ian.mills2
Posted Date: 2008-06-11 10:26:03.0
Please explain the rationale behind the hole centre spacing of 101mm and 51mm. Also, please confirm whether the 101mm spacing is symmetrical about the 50mm centre hole, and if not symmetrical, please advise what the offset is.

NanoRotator with SM2-Threaded Central Aperture

Item #NR360S
Resolution <1 arcsec
Travel 360° Continuous Rotation
On Axis Load Capacity 110 lbs (50 kg)
Motor Type 2 Phase Stepper
Accuracya 5 arcmin
Bidirectional Repeatability 10 arcsec
Speed Rangea 50°/ sec
Recommended Controller BSC201
Included Extension Cable PAA613, 3 m Cable
  • Measured Using a BSC201 Controller
  • SM2-Threaded Central Aperture on Rotating and Non-rotating Parts
  • Preloaded Worm Gear Drive Mechanism with Minimal Backlash
  • Origin Indicating Switch Every 360°
  • Mounting Holes
    • Four 1/4" (M6) Countersunk Holes
    • Four 1/4" (M6) Tapped Mounting Holes (Two Each Side Face)
Based on your currency / country selection, your order will ship from Newton, New Jersey  
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NR360S Support Documentation
NR360S NanoRotator Stage with SM2-Threaded Center Hole
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NR360S/M Support Documentation
NR360S/M NanoRotator Stage with SM2-Threaded Center Hole, Metric
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apt™ Stepper Motor Controllers

Item # BSC Series
Motor Resolution
• Microsteps per Full Step 2048
• For 200 1.8° Step Motor 409,600 Microsteps/Rev
Motor Drive Voltage 48 V
Motor Drive Power Up to 50 W (Peak)/25 W (Avg)
Motor Speeds Up to 3000 RPM
(200 Full Step Motor)
Encoder Feedback Bandwidth 500 KHz
(500,000 Counts/sec)
  • High Resolution Microstepping Control for Very Fine Positioning Applications
  • Stable and Predictable Low Speed Operation for Velocity Sensitive Applications
  • Differential Encoder Feedback (QEP Inputs) for Closed Loop Positioning
  • Auto-Configure Function for all Thorlabs Stages
  • Motor Control I/O Port (Jogging, Interlocks)
  • Full Software Control Suite Supplied
  • Inuititive Software Graphical Control Panels
  • Extensive ActiveX® Programming Interfaces
  • Fully Software Integrated with Other apt™ Family Controllers
  • More Information Available Here
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BSC201 Support Documentation
BSC201 Customer Inspired! One-Channel aptTM Benchtop Stepper Motor Controller
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BSC202 Customer Inspired! Two-Channel aptTM Benchtop Stepper Motor Controller
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BSC203 Support Documentation
BSC203 Customer Inspired! Three-Channel aptTM Benchtop Stepper Motor Controller
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Table Mounting Plate

NR360SP1
Table Mounting Plate

The NR360SP1 adapter plate is necessary for the NR360S to be mounted horizontally on a large, flat surface, such as an optical table because the stepper motor extends below the bottom surface of the rotation stage frame (see image to the right). The 10 mm thick adapter plate provides 2 mm clearance between the stepper motor and the mounting surface.

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NR360SP1 Support Documentation
NR360SP1 Table Mounting Plate For NR360S Stage
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NR360SP1/M Support Documentation
NR360SP1/M Table Mounting Plate for NR360S Stage, Metric
$74.00
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Vertical Mounting Bracket

NR360SP2
Vertical Mounting Bracket

Allows the NR360S rotation stage to be mounted in a vertical orientation. The bracket can be secured to an optical table or optical breadboard using the seven 1/4" (M6) counterbored holes.

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NR360SP2 Support Documentation
NR360SP2 Vertical Mounting Bracket For NR360S Stage
$226.00
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NR360SP2/M Support Documentation
NR360SP2/M Vertical Mounting Bracket for NR360S Stage, Metric
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NR360S Adapter Plates

NR360SP9 Threaded Adapter Plate
NR360SP9
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  • Provides numerous options for attaching devices to the NR360S
  • 17 1/4"-20 or M6 Mounting holes, four 8-32 or M4 fixing holes

NR360SP4 Grooved Adapter Plate
NR360SP4
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NR360SP8 SM1 Adapter Plate
NR360SP8
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  • SM1-threaded through hole allows Ø1" optics and our SM1 product line to be mounted to the NR360S
  • 4-40 Taps to integrate 30 mm Cage Assemblies

NR360SP9 Threaded Adapter Plate Application
Rotation Stage Threaded Adapter
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NR360SP9 Threaded Adapter Plate Attached to the NR360S Rotation Stage

NR360SP4 Grooved Adapter Plate Application
Rotation Stage Grooved Adapter
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NR360SP4 Grooved Adapter Plate Attached to the NR360S Rotation Stage

NR360SP8 SM1 Adapter Plate Application
Rotation Stage SM1 Adapter
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NR360SP8 SM1 Adapter Plate Attached to the NR360S Rotation Stage

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NR360SP9 Support Documentation
NR360SP9 1/4"-20 and 8-32 Threaded Adapter Plate for NR360S Stage
$88.00
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NR360SP4 Support Documentation
NR360SP4 Grooved Adapter Plate for NR360S Stage
$112.00
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NR360SP8 Support Documentation
NR360SP8 SM1-Threaded Adapter for NR360S Stage
$48.00
Today
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NR360SP9/M Support Documentation
NR360SP9/M M6 and M4 Threaded Adapter Plate for NR360S Stage, Metric
$88.00
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NR360SP4/M Support Documentation
NR360SP4/M Grooved Adapter Plate for NR360S Stage, Metric
$112.00
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NRT/LNR Stage Adapter Plate

NR360SP5
NRT/LNR Stage Mounting Plate

This bottom mounting plate allows the NR360S stage to be attached to an LNR Series stage, or an NRT Stage, as shown to the right.

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NR360SP5 Support Documentation
NR360SP5 Adapter Plate for Mounting NR360S to LNR or NRT Stages
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NR360SP5/M Support Documentation
NR360SP5/M Adapter Plate for Mounting NR360S to LNR or NRT Stages, Metric
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