XY Translation Stage with Rotating Platform
Thorlabs' XYR1(/M) Low-Profile Translation Stage provides 1/2" (13 mm) of travel along X and Y plus 360° of continuous rotation. The micrometers incorporated into this stage have graduations at 0.001"/div (10 µm/div). The continuously rotating platform is equipped with a central, SM1-threaded (1.035"-40) through hole, allowing it to be used in imaging applications that require illumination from underneath the sample. Translation of the stage in both X and Y will not obstruct the Ø1" through hole.
An engraved angular scale along the outer edge of the stage's rotating platform allows the user to set the angular orientation of the stage. Rotation of the platform can be locked using a 5/64" (2 mm) hex setscrew; when locked, translational movements are still possible.
In addition to the SM1-threaded through hole, the rotating platform also contains an array of 1/4"-20 (M6), 8-32 (M4), and 4-40 taps for mounting of samples and components. The eight 4-40 tapped holes are placed around the central through hole for use with our 30 mm or 60 mm cage systems, while the 8-32 (M4) tapped holes are ideal for mounting our SLH1 Microscope Slide Spring Clips (available below).
The SLH1 spring clips are designed to securely hold various sizes of microscope slides and test targets, and include two 8-32 (M4) threaded shoulder screws with a 3/32" (2.5 mm) hex socket for simple attachment to a variety of stages. Each clip is 2.51" (63.7 mm) long with a 0.20" (5.1 mm) wide tip and can be rotated 360° for easy access to, or positioning of, a slide. These clips come with 3 dowel pins that can be used with the XYR1(/M) stage to center a 1" × 3" standard microscope slide over the Ø1" through hole.
For applications that do not require rotation, Thorlabs also offers an XY translation stage with a non-rotating mounting surface.
The XYR1 translation stage with a rotating mounting platform is an excellent choice for use as a sample stage in a custom imaging application. The base imaging system to the right is constructed using the components listed in the table below.
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XYR1 with SLH1 Spring Clips and Slide. Dowel Pins in the Stage Align the Center of the Slide to the Optical Center of the Ø1" Hole.
Thorlabs’ XYR1(/M) is a 1.00" (25.4 mm) tall, low-profile, two-axis linear translation stage with a rotating platform. The central SM1-threaded (1.035"-40) through hole is ideal for imaging applications that require illumination from the underneath of the sample. Both X and Y micrometers offer 1/2" (13 mm) of travel with graduations every 0.001" (10 µm). These stages are held in position by a spring force on the actuator, and thus, a locking screw is not necessary.
An engraved angular scale along the outer edge of the stage's rotating platform allows the user to set the angular orientation of the stage, which can then be fixed using the 5/64" (2 mm) hex locking setscrew. Locking the rotation axis does not prevent translation along the X and Y axes. The stage's rotation and translation can be freely changed without compromising the stability of attached components.
As shown in the image to the right, this stage is also compatible with the SLH1 Microscope Slide Spring Clips sold below. The XYR1(/M) has 3 alignment holes for the Ø1/8" × 1/4" dowel pins (included with the SLH1). These dowel pins center the middle of a 1" × 3" microscope slide over the through hole, as well as allow the user to repeatedly and accurately position the slides on the stage. The spring clips include two 8-32 (M4) threaded shoulder screws with a 3/32" (2.5 mm) hex socket for simple attachment to the stage.
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SLH1 Spring Clips Attached to the XYT1 Translation Stage, Holding a Test Target That is Aligned Over Central Aperture Using the Provided Dowel Pins
These steel spring clips, ideal for securely holding various sizes of microscope slides and test targets, include two 8-32 (M4) threaded shoulder screws with a 3/32" (2.5 mm) hex socket for simple attachment to a variety of stages. Each clip is 2.51" (63.7 mm) long with a 0.20" (5.1 mm) wide tip and can be rotated 360° for easy access to, or positioning of, a slide. The tip of the clip is curved upwards to help prevent damage and facilitate the mounting of slides, while providing enough holding force to secure them in place.
The inclusion of three Ø1/8" x 1/4" dowel pins make these spring clips an excellent choice for use with our XYR1(/M) (sold above) and XYT1(/M) Translation Stages (see image to the right). These stages have a central Ø1" hole that is SM1 threaded (1.035"-40), and the top plate contains three alignment holes that are used with the Ø1/8" dowel pins. The dowel pins are positioned on the stage so that standard 1" x 3" (25.4 mm x 76.2 mm) slides are centered over the aperture, allowing for repeatable and accurate positioning of the slides.
Please note that any XYR1(/M) stage purchased before June 4, 2014 does not have dowel pin holes in the top mounting plate.