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600 mm Linear Motor Stage and Controller


  • High Speed Translation - Up to 400 mm/s
  • Backlash-Free DC Servo Motor
  • Benchtop Controller Included
  • Bidirectional Repeatability of ±0.25 µm

DDSA04

Platform Height Adapter

DDS600-E

Kit Includes Stage
and Controller

MJC001

2-Axis Joystick

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Key DDS600-E Specificationsa
Travel Range 600 mm (23.6")
Velocity (Max) 400 mm/s
Acceleration (Max) 10,000 mm/s2
Bidirectional Repeatabilityb ±0.25 µm
Backlashc N/A
Horizontal Load Capacity (Max) 10.0 kg (22.0 lbs)
Min. Achievable Incremental Movementd 100 nm
Absolute On-Axis Accuracy ±12.0 µm
Cable Length 2.2 m (7.2')
Included Controllera BBD201
Stage Dimensions (L x W x H) 800 mm x 130 mm x 50 mm
(31.5" x 5.12" x 1.97")
  • More detailed specifications are included in the Specs tab.
  • The average of the repeatability when a set position is approached from both directions.
  • The stage does not suffer from backlash because there is no leadscrew.
  • The measured minimum incremental motion that the stage can achieve, also referred to as the minimum step size.

Features

  • Complete Stage and Controller Package
  • Our Longest Travel Stage: 600 mm (23.6")
  • High Speeds up to 400 mm/s
  • Low Profile: 50 mm (1.97")
  • Integrated, Brushless DC Linear Servo Motor Actuators
  • High-Quality, Precision-Engineered Linear Bearings
  • Accessories Available:
    • Height Adapter for 62.5 mm Platform Height
    • 2-Axis Joystick for Precise Manual Control

Thorlabs' DDS600-E low-profile, direct-drive translation stage provides 600 mm (23.6") of travel with 100 nm resolution and a maximum speed of 400 mm/s. This stage is ideal for applications that require high speeds and high positioning accuracy, including automated alignment, surface inspection, mapping, and probing.

DDS600 Kit

An innovative, low-profile design with integrated, brushless linear motors eliminates the external housings that create mechanical clash points and impede access to the moving platform. The direct-drive technology removes the need for a leadscrew, eliminating backlash, and internal flexible ducting ensures cables cannot become trapped as the mechanism moves. Twin, precision-grooved linear bearings provide superior rigidity and linearity with excellent on-axis accuracy (±12 µm). This backlash-free operation coupled with high-resolution, closed-loop optical feedback ensures a minimal bidirectional repeatability of ±0.25 μm.

Notes:
These stages are not suitable for operation in a vertical (Z-axis) orientation.
When no power is applied, the platform of the stage has very little inertia and is virtually free running. This may make the stage unsuitable for applications where the stage's platform needs to remain in a set position when power is off.

Controller
A BBD201 single-axis Brushless DC Motor Controller is included with the stage. This controller provides a user-configurable, S-curve acceleration/deceleration profile that enables fast, smooth positioning without vibration or shock. It is ideal for motion control applications demanding operation at high speeds (hundreds of mm/s) and high encoder resolution (100 nm). The design incorporates the latest digital and analog techniques as well as high-bandwidth, high-power servo control circuitry. The controllers ship with our APT software for easy integration into an existing system. For multi-axis applications the stage can also driven by our BBD202 and BBD203 2-axis and 3-axis controllers.

Joystick Option
An optional 2-axis joystick console (MJC001) is also available for remote positioning applications. See the presentation below for more details. Please note that in order to control two stages simultaneously, a multi-axis BBD202 or BBD203 controller is required.

Optical Height Adapter Plate
The DDSA04 riser plate raises the deck height of the stage to the standard 62.5 mm for use with NanoMax, MicroBlock, and RollerBlock stages.

DDS600 Stage
Travel Range 600 mm (23.6")
Velocity (Max) 400 mm/s
Acceleration (Max) 10000 mm/s2
Bidirectional Repeatabilitya ±0.25 µm
Backlashb N/A
Min. Achievable Incremental Movementc 100 nm
Horizontal Load Capacity (Max)d 10.0 kg (22.0 lb)
Absolute On-Axis Accuracy ±12.0 µm
Straightness/Flatness ±10.0 µm
Pitch ±100 µrad
Yaw ±75 µrad
Continuous Motor Force 10.0 N
Peak Motor Force (2 sec) 20.0 N
Bearing Type High Rigidity, Recirculating, Precision Linear Bearings
Limit Switches Magnetic Sensor at Each End of Stage
Operating Temperature Range 5 to 40 °C (41 to 104 °F)
Motor Type Brushless DC Linear Motor
Cable Length 2.2 m (7.2')
Dimensions 800 mm x 130 mm x 50 mm
(31.5" x 5.12" x 1.97")
Weight (Including Cables) 9.1 kg (20.0 lbs)
  • The average of the repeatability when a set position is approached from both directions.
  • The stage does not suffer from backlash because there is no leadscrew.
  • The measured minimum incremental motion that the stage can achieve, also referred to as the minimum step size.
  • The default PID tuning parameters are set for loads up to 2.0 kg (4.4 lb). For higher loads the PID parameters must be retuned via the APT software, see the manual supplied for more details.
BBD201 Controller
Drive Connector 8-Pin DIN, Round, Female
Feedback Connector 15-Pin D-Type
Continuous Drive Output 2.5 A
PWM Frequency 40 kHz
Operating Modes Position and Velocity
Control Algorithm 16-Bit Digital PID Servo Loop with Velocity and Acceleration Feedforward
Velocity Profile Trapezoidal/S-Curve
Position Count 32 Bit
Position Feedback Incremental Encoder
Encoder Bandwidth 2.5 MHz
10 M Counts/s
Encoder Supply 5 V
AUX Control Connector 15-Pin D-Type
Power Supply Input Power: 250 VA
Voltage: 100 to 240 VAC
Frequency: 47 to 63 Hz
Fuse: 3.15 A
Dimensions 174 mm x 245 mm x 126 mm
(6.85" x 9.65" x 4.96")
Weight 3.46 kg (7.60 lb)

The flying leads are terminated in a male 15-pin D-Type and male 8-pin round DIN connector. Pin details are given below.

FEEDBACK Connector

d-type_long

Motor Drive Connector

8PinDINRound

PinDescriptionPinDescription
1 Not Used 9 Ground
2 Ground 10 Limit Switch +
3 Not Used 11 Limit Switch -
4 Enc Index - 12 Enc Index +
5 Encoder Phase B - 13 Encoder Phase B +
6 Encoder Phase A - 14 Encoder Phase A +
7a 5 V 15 Not Used
8a 5 V    

a Pins 7 and 8 are shorted together internally

PinDescription
1 Motor Phase V
2 Ground
3 Thermistor (Not Used)
4 Motor Phase U
5 Stage ID
6 Ground
7 Motor Phase W
8 Enable

Thorlabs offers two platforms to drive our wide range of motion controllers: our Kinesis® software package or the legacy APT™ (Advanced Positioning Technology) software package. Either package can be used to control devices in the Kinesis family, which covers a wide range of motion controllers ranging from small, low-powered, single-channel drivers (such as the K-Cubes™ and T-Cubes™) to high-power, multi-channel, modular 19" rack nanopositioning systems (the APT Rack System).

The Kinesis Software features .NET controls which can be used by 3rd party developers working in the latest C#, Visual Basic, LabVIEW™, or any .NET compatible languages to create custom applications. Low-level DLL libraries are included for applications not expected to use the .NET framework. A Central Sequence Manager supports integration and synchronization of all Thorlabs motion control hardware.

Kinesis Software
Kinesis GUI Screen
APT Software
APT GUI Screen

Our legacy APT System Software platform offers ActiveX-based controls which can be used by 3rd party developers working on C#, Visual Basic, LabVIEW™, or any Active-X compatible languages to create custom applications and includes a simulator mode to assist in developing custom applications without requiring hardware.

By providing these common software platforms, Thorlabs has ensured that users can easily mix and match any of the Kinesis and APT controllers in a single application, while only having to learn a single set of software tools. In this way, it is perfectly feasible to combine any of the controllers from single-axis to multi-axis systems and control all from a single, PC-based unified software interface.

The software packages allow two methods of usage: graphical user interface (GUI) utilities for direct interaction with and control of the controllers 'out of the box', and a set of programming interfaces that allow custom-integrated positioning and alignment solutions to be easily programmed in the development language of choice.

A range of video tutorials is available to help explain our APT system software. These tutorials provide an overview of the software and the APT Config utility. Additionally, a tutorial video is available to explain how to select simulator mode within the software, which allows the user to experiment with the software without a controller connected. Please select the APT Tutorials tab above to view these videos, which are also available on the software CD included with the controllers.

Software

Kinesis Version 1.14.19

The Kinesis Software Package, which includes a GUI for control of Thorlabs' Kinesis and APT™ system controllers.

Also Available:

  • Communications Protocol
Software Download

Software

APT Version 3.21.4

The APT Software Package, which includes a GUI for control of Thorlabs' APT™ and Kinesis system controllers.

Also Available:

  • Communications Protocol
Software Download

These videos illustrate some of the basics of using the APT System Software from both a non-programming and a programming point of view. There are videos that illustrate usage of the supplied APT utilities that allow immediate control of the APT controllers out of the box. There are also a number of videos that explain the basics of programming custom software applications using Visual Basic, LabView and Visual C++. Watch the videos now to see what we mean.

  Click here to view the video tutorial  

To further assist programmers, a guide to programming the APT software in LabView is also available.

Labview Icon Click here to view the LabView guide Labview Icon

Posted Comments:
Mats Ärlelid  (posted 2019-05-15 11:21:11.86)
Hi, I have a question regarding the accuracy of the speed translation, I can't find any spec on the accuracy and is it dependent on the speed? Are there other factors that could impact on accuracy such as load, controller etc.? Thanks, Mats
rmiron  (posted 2019-05-16 10:24:56.0)
Response from Radu at Thorlabs: Hello, Mats. I assume that you are looking for the velocity stability specification. Both load and the demanded velocity would have an impact on this specification. Unfortunately, we do not have sufficient test data to guarantee a certain performance level when it comes to velocity stability. With that being said, based on the internal data that I was able to find, assuming max velocity and no load, I expect the stability to be around +/- 1.5 mm/s.This stability specification improves significantly at lower velocities. If you contact your local tech support team and let them know what load you plan on placing on the stage and how fast you plan on moving it, they might be able to source some test data that is more relevant to your operating conditions.
ygreddy  (posted 2017-06-30 01:20:32.29)
Hello Thorlabs We have purchased 600 mm Linear Motor stage & Controller (DDS600-E) which is extremely useful for research purpose. We can record our data minimum 4 nanosecond(delay), which is only possible with 600mm stage. Thanks and appreciations for providing such wonderful stages. PS: LabVIEW example which is provided by you to work with real applications is not sufficient. The one which is provided by you only sufficient to connect to the stage and get the current position of the stage. But in real application we need to move the stage to different positions as well as record that position simultaneously while stage is moving. I request you to provide such labview example which really helpful for research purpose. Thanks&Regards, Y.G. Reddy IISER-Pune India
bwood  (posted 2017-07-03 03:16:31.0)
Response from Ben at Thorlabs: Thank you for your feedback. We are glad to hear the DDS600 stage is working well here, in the kind of high precision application it was built for. As regards the LabView examples, it is difficult to provide examples relevant to all applications, however we are constantly evolving our support documentation and I will relay this need to our software engineers. If you have any issues programing for our stages, please feel free to contact Thorlabs tech support with any questions you may have.

600 mm Linear Motor Stage and Controller

Characterized by high-speed translation and high positional accuracy, the DDS600 stage is well-suited for surface mapping and characterization applications where there is a need to move a camera or probe at constant velocity while simultaneously capturing data.

The BBD201 DC servo controller included in the package incorporates Thorlabs' standard apt™ control and programming interface, enabling easy integration into automated motion control applications. For greater flexibility, both a USB and RS232 (9-Pin) computer interface is provided, and automated PC control of the stage is supported with the supplied software development kit (SDK). The fully documented SDK supports all major development languages running on Windows (LabVIEW, C++, C# etc.) and comes in the form of ActiveX libraries or a conventional dynamic link library (DLL).

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. Combining this feature with the user-friendly apt™ software allows the user to program and carry out complex move sequences in a short space of time. For more information, please see the full Brushless DC Servo Motor Controller presentation.

Very precise, fine positioning and control can be achieved with the associated MJC001 joystick option (described below).

Notes:
These stages are not suitable for operation in a vertical (Z-axis) orientation.
When no power is applied, the platform of the stage has very little inertia and is virtually free running. This may make the stage unsuitable for applications where the stage's platform needs to remain in a set position when power is off.

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Optical Height Adapter


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DDS600 stage with DDSA04 riser plate fitted, shown aligning to a MAX311D 3-axis stage.

  • Height Adapter to Match 62.5 mm Deck Height, the same as our NanoMax 300, MicroBlock, and RollerBlock Stages
  • Resulting Overall Optical Height: 75.0 mm
  • Array of 48 Tapped Holes with 16 of Each of the Following: 1/4"-20 (M6), 8-32 (M4), and 4-40 (M3)

The DDSA04 Optical Height Adapter is designed to raise the deck height of the DDS600 stage to 62.5 mm, which is the same as our NanoMax 300, MicroBlock, and RollerBlock stages. This gives an optical axis height of 75.0 mm and allows our range of tongue and grooved optical accessories to be used with the DDS600 stage. The plate is fixed to the moving platform of the stage using four 1/4"-20 x 3/8" (M6 x 10 mm) bolts.

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2-Axis Joystick Console

  • High-Reliability Hall Effect Joystick
  • Proportional Movement for Fast or High Precision Moves
  • High/Low Speed Selection Button
  • Speed Dial for Sensitivity Adjustment
  • Ergonomic and Elegant Design
  • High-Quality Machined Anodized Aluminum Casing

The MJC001 joystick console has been designed to provide intuitive, tactile, manual positioning of a stage. In most applications, the default parameter settings saved within the controller allow the joystick to be used out-of-the-box, with no need for further setup, thereby eliminating the need to be connected to a host PC and allowing true remote operation. For control of a single-axis stage, simply connect the console to the BBD201 controller. To control two stages simultaneously using the joy stick, a multi-axis BBD202 or BBD203 controller is required. This joystick is also compatible with our Rack-Mounted Brushless Controller and Stepper Motor Controllers. Please contact Tech Support for more details.

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