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Stepper Motor Rotation Mount 


  • Integrated Controller
  • Continuous 360° Rotation
  • Rotates Optic Within a 30 mm Cage System
  • Maximum Speed of 10 Degrees/s

K10CR1

The 30 mm Cage System Rods are Attached to the Fixed Housing while the SM1 Lens Tube Rotates

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Thumbscrew for Manual Rotation Adjustment

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Key Specificationsa
Travel Range 360° Continuousb
Maximum Speed 10 Degrees/s
Minimum Speed 0.005 Degrees/s
Maximum Accelerationc 20 Degrees/s2
Unidirectional Repeatabilityd ±60 µrad
Backlash ±200 µrad
Maximum Load Capacitye 22 N
Repeatable Incremental Movement (Min)f 0.03°
Absolute Accuracyd ±0.14°
Home Location Accuracy ±100 µrad
Dimensions (L x W x H) 107 mm x 66.0 mm x 21.5 mm
(4.21" x 2.6" x 0.84")
Weight 0.22 kg (0.48 lbs)
  • See the Specs tab for complete specifications.
  • After 43 complete revolutions in one direction, the APT software will no longer provide an accurate positional readout; however, the stage will continue to rotate.
  • The acceleration is limited by the motor force and must be reduced for higher loads.
  • Bidirectional repeatability and bidirectional accuracy will be the same as the unidirectional values if Backlash Correction is enabled in the software.
  • This value applies to both vertical and horizontal mounting. For more details on the load capacity, please see the Specs tab.
  • The minimum repeatable incremental movement is the smallest controlled movement that the stage can be positioned repeatably where the error is less than 10% of the specified step size at a 99.5% confidence level.
Rotation Platform
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The K10CR1 can be mounted horizontally using adapters sold separately (see below for details).
Multiple Rotation Stages
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Two precision Ø6 mm bores allow our Cage Rods to be used to align multiple mounts along the same axis. Once in position, a side-located set screw on each hole secures the stage to the rod.

Features

  • Rotates Optics and SM1 (1.035"-40) Lens Tubes within a 30 mm Cage System
  • Full 360° Bidirectional Rotation 
  • Vernier Scale with 12 Arcminute Graduations
  • Unidirectional Repeatability of ±60 µrad
  • Built-In Controller Powered using USB 2.0 or USB 3.0 Connection
  • Input/Output Port for Control via TTL Signals
  • No External Controller Required
  • Several Adapters Available:
    • Table Mounting Plate
    • Rotating Platform Adapter
    • 60 mm Cage System Adapter

Thorlabs' K10CR1(/M) Rotation Mount, part of our growing Kinesis® line of motorized optomechanics, stages, and controllers, is a compact [107 mm x 66 mm x 21.5 mm (4.21" x 2.60" x 0.83")] stage designed to rotate Ø1" optics or SM1 Lens Tubes within a fixed 30 mm Cage System. Unlike our other rotation mounts, where the cage rods are threaded into the rotating dial, the K10CR1(/M) has four, 4-40 tapped holes for the cage rods on each side of the fixed housing. This allows optics, such as wave plates and cylindrical lenses, to be rotated while leaving the other optics in the cage system fixed. The rotating SM1 bore passes through the mount; optics up to 0.67" (17.0 mm) thick may be secured inside the bore using the two included SM1RR retaining rings.

Rotation is driven via a stepper motor equipped with a high ratio worm gear (120:1), providing a unidirectional repeatability of ±60 µrad and a maximum speed of 10 degrees/s. The integrated controller is USB 2.0 and 3.0 compatible; a USB 2.0 cable is provided for compatibility with most computers. The mount is powered by the host PC via the USB cable, minimizing the number of cables needed during operation. In addition, the mount settings can be adjusted using the software, allowing the mount to be used without a PC; in this case power is provided by a USB hub or charger. A jack is provided for TTL input / output signals, which allows for custom timing control and eases synchronization with other components. For more details on these connections, please see the Pin Diagrams tab.

The mount can be operated with the user friendly APT™ software or Kinesis software, which allow the user to quickly set up complex move sequences. For example, all relevant operating parameters are set automatically by the software for Thorlabs' stage and actuator products. Advanced custom motion control applications and sequences are also possible using the extensive ActiveX® programming environment described in more detail on the Motion Control Software and APT Tutorials tabs. In addition to software control, pushbutton operation is possible, as shown in the image below and to the left. The button function is software-selectable and can be set to either jog the stage a set distance or to move the stage to a set position. Pressing both buttons for two seconds zeros the stage to the "home" position, which is facilitated by a precision home limit switch. 

Motorized Rotation Mount Controls
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Control buttons located on the edge of the K10CR1 rotation mount; the functions are set via the software and persist if the stage is disconnected from the PC and powered via a USB hub or charger.

The thumbscrew on the side of the housing can be used for manual rotation adjustment. An engraved vernier scale, with 2° graduations on the main dial and 12 arcmin graduations on the vernier scale, also aids in manual alignment. While this manual adjustment can be useful for visual alignment of mounted components, please note that the positioning data will be lost and the mount will need to be homed in order to use software control. 

The K10CR1(/M) can be directly mounted to a Ø1/2" Post or Ø1" Post via 8-32 (M4) taps on two perpendicular edges. As shown in the image to the right, two Ø6 mm rods, such as our cage rods, can be used to align multiple rotation mounts along the same axis in post mounting applications (note that these two bores are not located at the correct spacing for attaching cage plates). Six 4-40 (M3) taps on the front surface of the moving dial allow components to be mounted, such as our K6A1 or K6A1/M Prism Mounting Adapter.

Alternatively, several mounting adapters are available below. The K10CR1A1 adapter plate facilitates mounting the K10CR1 horizontally, as shown in the image above. Secondly, the K10CR1A2(/M) plate is secured on the rotating dial to provide a variety of taps and a keyway for our flexure stage accessories. Finally, the K10CR1A3 bracket allows the K10CR1(/M) to be inserted within a 60 mm cage system. 

Specifications
Mount Specifications
Travel Range 360° Continuousa
Maximum Speed 10 Degrees/s
Minimum Speed 0.005 Degrees/s
Maximum Accelerationb 20 Degrees/s2
Unidirectional Repeatabilityc ±60 µrad
Backlash ±200 µrad
Resolution (Theoretical) 0.0073° (127 µrad)
Maximum Load Capacityd 22 N
Minimum Repeatable Incremental Movemente 0.03°
Absolute Accuracyc ±0.14°
Home Location Accuracy ±100 µrad
Maximum Wobble (Axial) 500 µrad
Motor Specifications
Motor Type 2-Phase Stepper Motor
Motor Drive Voltage 8 V Nominal
Terminal Resistance 20 Ω
Output Power 2.5 W Nominal
Step Size 1.8°
Rotor Inductance 4.2 mH per Phase
Bearing Type 4-Point Ball Bearing
Drive Mechanism Worm Gear, Ratio 1:120
Homing Limit Switch Hall Effect
General Specifications
Operating Temperature Range 5 to 40 °C (41 to 104 °F)
Dimensions (L x W x H) 107 mm x 66.0 mm x 21.5 mm
(4.21" x 2.6" x 0.84")
Weight 0.22 kg (0.48 lbs)
  • After 43 complete revolutions in one direction, the APT software will no longer provide an accurate positional readout; however, the stage will continue to rotate.
  • The acceleration is limited by the motor force and must be reduced for higher loads.
  • Bidirectional repeatability and bidirectional accuracy will be the same as the unidirectional values if Backlash Correction is enabled in the software.
  • This value applies to both vertical and horizontal mounting.
  • The minimum repeatable incremental movement is the smallest controlled movement that the stage can be positioned repeatably where the error is less than 10% of the specified step size at a 99.5% confidence level.

Maximum Load Specification Details

Parametera Value
Max Load (Q) 22 N (2.25 kg or 5.0 lbs)
Max Torque (Mz) 140 mN•m
Max Transversal Torque (Mx) 1.5 N•m
Typical Stiffness (Ka) 380 µrad/N•m
  • These terms are defined in the diagram below.

Load Capacity Diagram

Resolution Calculation

For the stepper motor in the K10CR1(/M), there are 200 full steps per revolution of the motor and 2048 microsteps per full step. The output shaft of the motor goes into a 120:1 reduction gearbox. 

The angular displacement of the rotation mount per encoder count is given by

200 x 2048 x 120 = 49,152,000.0 microsteps per revolution of the top platform

49,152,000.0/360 = 136533.33 microsteps per degree of movement.

K10CR1(/M) Pin Configurations


K10CR1 Pin Configuration
The USB 3.0 port is compatible with a USB 2.0 Micro B connector if the Micro B connector is plugged into the shaded region in the photo above. The I/O port requires a user-supplied 3.5 mm 4-way jack plug and cable; the pinout of the mating plug is shown to the right.

Compatible I/O Connector
3.5 mm 4-Way Jack Plug


K10CR1 Input/Output Jack
This is the compatible connector for the I/O port; Thorlabs does not provide this connector.

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 1.14.18

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
Figure 1: Vernier scale measuring 76.0
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Figure 1: An example of how to read a vernier scale. The red arrow indicates what is known as the pointer. Since the tick mark labeled 10 on the vernier scale aligns with one of the tick marks on the main scale, this vernier scale is reading 75.60 (in whatever units the tool measures).

Reading a Vernier Scale

Vernier scales are typically used to add precision to standard, evenly divided scales (such as the scale on Thorlabs’ rotation mounts). A vernier scale has found common use in many precision measurement tools, the most common being calipers and micrometers. The direct vernier scale uses two scales side-by-side: the main scale and the vernier scale. The vernier scale has a slightly smaller spacing between its tick marks (10% smaller than the main). Hence, the lines on the main scale will not line up with all the lines on the vernier scale. Only one line from the vernier scale will match well with one line of the main scale, and that is the trick to reading a vernier scale.

Figures 1 through 3 show a vernier scale system for three different situations. In each case, the scale on the left is the main scale, while the small scale on the right is the vernier scale. When reading a vernier scale, the main scale is used for the gross number, and the vernier scale gives the precision value. In this manner, a standard ruler or micrometer can become a precision tool.

The 0 on the vernier scale is the “pointer” (marked by a red arrow in Figs. 1 – 3) and will indicate the main scale reading. In Figure 1 we see the pointer is lined up directly with the 75.6 line. Notice that the only other vernier scale tick mark that lines up well with the main scale is 10. Since the vernier 0 lines up with the main scale’s 75.6, the reading from Figure 1 is 75.60 (in whatever units the tool measures in).

That is essentially all there is to reading a vernier scale. It's a very straightforward way of increasing the precision of a measurement tool. To expound, let’s look at Figure 2. Here we see that the pointer is no longer aligned with a scale line, instead it is slightly above 75.6, but below 75.7; thus the gross measurement is 75.6. The first vernier line that coincides with a main scale line is the 5, shown with a blue arrow. The vernier scale gives the final digit of precision; since the 5 is aligned to the main scale, the precision measurement for Figure 2 is 75.65.

Since the vernier scale is 10% smaller than the main scale, moving 1/10 of the main scale will align the next vernier marking. This asks the obvious question: what if the measurement is within the 1/10 precision of the vernier scale? Figure 3 shows just this. Again, the pointer line is in between 75.6 and 75.7, yielding the gross measurement of 75.6. If we look closely, we see that the vernier 7 (marked with a blue arrow) is very closely aligned to the main scale, giving a precision measurement of 75.67. However, the vernier 7 is very slightly above the main scale mark, and we can see that the vernier 8 (directly above 7) is slightly below its corresponding main scale mark. Hence, the scale on Figure 3 could be read as 75.673 ± 0.002. A reading error of about 0.002 would be appropriate for this tool.

As we've seen here, vernier sclaes add precision to a standard scale measurement. While it takes a bit of getting used to, with a little practice, reading these scales is fairly straightforward. All vernier scales, direct or retrograde, are read in the same fashion.

Figure 1: Vernier scale measuring 76.0
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Figure 2: An Example of a vernier scale. The red arrow indicates the pointer and the blue arrow indicates the vernier line that matches the main scale. This scale reads 75.65.
Figure 1: Vernier scale measuring 76.0
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Figure 3: An Example of a vernier scale. The red arrow indicates the pointer and the blue arrow indicates the vernier line that matches the main scale. This scale reads 75.67, but can be accurately read as 75.673 ± 0.002.

Posted Comments:
user  (posted 2019-10-17 20:32:53.233)
This is an amazing product. It provides flexible mounting options along with the utility of rotating optical elements. However, I think that there should be a version of this product that allows for higher rotation speeds. One such product (along with a piece of ground glass on an SM-threaded mount) would provide a complete solution for setting up a rotating diffuser, which is necessary in many systems for turning spatially coherent light into incoherent light. This would save customers the need of having to buy everything separetely and building the system from scratch. We would have the option of just buying that high-speed motorized rotation mount along with a piece ground glass -both from the Thorlabs catalog- and get our rotating diffusers without much more trouble.
AManickavasagam  (posted 2019-10-18 10:50:25.0)
Response from Arunthathi at Thorlabs: Thanks for your feedback. I will relay your feedback internally. Though we do not have an equivalent high speed version (with 1” aperture), just to let you know we do offer a high speed compact rotation mount such as the DDR25 that has optical threading which you could use to mount a ground glass and is cage compatible. Please feel free to contact your local tech support office if you would like to discuss further regarding your application and suitability.
Richard Grzebieta  (posted 2019-05-29 03:19:53.463)
Hi I would like to mount the K10CR1/M upside down and have the load in the z (Hanging off it) direction. Will the max load of 22N still apply?
rmiron  (posted 2019-05-29 10:18:50.0)
Response from Radu at Thorlabs: Hello, Richard. I am not sure that I correctly understand what configuration you have in mind, but the answer can be found in the information posted in the "Specs" tab. In a nutshell, if that 22 N load will not be applying more than 140 mN*m about the axis of rotation or more than 1.5 N*m about axes located in the plane of rotation, then the stage should operate nominally and meet all of its other specifications.
user  (posted 2019-03-27 13:02:29.71)
Dear all I'd like to use the K19CR1/M motor with an extension cable (1.8m) and the cable (1.5m) included in the delivery. Unfortunately the control software doesn't work properly anymore like this. Jogs still work but when I try to move to a defined angle I get a timeout error. Do you have an idea for a solution?
user  (posted 2019-03-28 12:00:46.0)
Response from Radu at Thorlabs: The fact that jogs run successfully while moves result in timeout errors tells us that the messages sent by K10CR1/M to your PC are not seen, even though K10CR1/M successfully reads the messages coming from your PC. That might be a consequence of high unidirectional losses at the junction between the two cables. I suggest that you replace them with a cable that is long enough to connect the two devices directly. There is significant variation in the quality of USB cables available on the market. A couple of the companies that we know to provide USB cables of consistent quality are CIE Group & Space Shuttle Hi-Tech, so it might be worth trying to source them from there.
naveenballa  (posted 2019-01-23 17:23:14.707)
Hi, I have a labview related query. I am trying to use this motor to rotate my polarizer in steps and measure my signal after each rotation step. I am using APT controls with labview. I want to make sure the motor has stopped before I measure the signal. If anyone has an example code on how to implement this, please share. I can use a waiting step after each rotate command but I am looking for an alternative solution. Thanks!
rmiron  (posted 2019-04-09 05:13:33.0)
Response from Radu at Thorlabs: The "MoveRelative (int waitTimeout)" and "MoveAbsolute (int waitTimeout)" methods return upon the completion of the demanded move, provided that the waitTimeout parameter is larger than the time it takes the move to complete (in ms). Therefore, I suggest that you place one of these commands and the command for measuring the signal, in separate frames of a flat sequence. That will ensure that the stage is not moving when a measurement is taken and vice-versa.
ckwjp327  (posted 2018-08-22 18:55:36.71)
Dear all, I would like to ask if there is any difference using the USB2.0 and USB3.0 cable for K10CR1? Sometimes "FT_IO_ERROR" will be shown. the powered USB 3.0 hub is used to drive the K10CR1, also the mobile phone and USB relay board are also connected to the same hub? Or any standard on the USB cable? As sometimes the power LED flashes but do not rotate. Thank you very much!
AManickavasagam  (posted 2018-08-24 05:42:50.0)
Response from Arunthathi @ Thorlabs: Thanks for your query. For data exchange the K10CR1 would be USB 2 compatible, the unit has USB 3 port for providing sufficient power without the need for using external power supply. FT_IO_ERROR suggests that an error has occurred while reading the data from the device, like a USB disconnect has occurred. I have contacted you directly to troubleshoot the issue you have.
user  (posted 2018-07-12 11:33:53.46)
Dear all,I'm controlling the motor doing experiment,since i need big amount of data,the motor moved all day,and then it became unstable,sometimes it can‘t respond to my MOVE, HOME,JOG instructions both under your kinesis GUI,did the motor break and can it be corrected?thank you
AManickavasagam  (posted 2018-07-17 09:09:38.0)
Response from Arunthathi at Thorlabs: Thanks for your query. We would need further details from you to troubleshoot and assist with the issue you have. Please contact your local tech suppport office for assistance.
mailfert  (posted 2018-05-14 13:31:26.013)
Dear all, Since my previous post, I'm not able to go to an absolute position only (everything else is OK for me). Could you tell me which function should I use to move to an absolute position please? Best regards, it's close to be an emergency... Sébastien Mailfert
bhallewell  (posted 2018-05-22 08:17:41.0)
Response from Ben at Thorlabs: Thank you for your feedback. In future, I would recommend directly emailing your local Tech Support teams to resolve this issue. You will need to ensure that you have called SetMoveAbsolutePosition(position) & assigned a 'position' value. This will then enable you to wire an Invoke Node for a MoveAbsolute(waitTimeout) command whereby the Timeout is a finite amount of time in which the move should return a MoveComplete message. I will contact you to ensure this is working for you.
mailfert  (posted 2018-05-11 11:10:52.747)
Dear all, I'm controlling the motor with LabVIEW. I'm able to program some commands (Go home, move one step in one direction or the opposite one). But I'm not able to: 1- go to an absolute position (I tried "MoveAbsolute" without success) 2- set the step size I can control these parameters via the interface but not via "Invoke Mehod node". Best regards
sibo  (posted 2017-10-31 12:27:38.167)
Which is the kind of stastistic distribution followed by the absolute accuracy ? I supposed is following a normal distribution. The +/- 0.14d, is it equal to one or two standard deviation? Thank you in advance.
bwood  (posted 2017-11-06 05:58:31.0)
Response from Ben at Thorlabs: Thank you for your feedback. You are correct that we use a normal distribution, and our specifications are generally based on two standard deviations.
garyliu127  (posted 2017-08-29 10:50:45.907)
Hi, We ran into some problem when using 2 sets of K10CR1 in our machine. The resource and power in the computer might not be enough which cause our program not functioning properly. Therefore, we want to know is there an additional power supply for K10CR1/M, and what are the specs for the power supply such as the voltage? current? Thank you
bwood  (posted 2017-08-31 06:25:18.0)
Response from Ben at Thorlabs: Thank you for your feedback. There isn't an alternative power supply; the power supplied by the USB connection should be enough. I would suggest introducing a powered USB hub, which should be able to provide enough power.
yyh3190  (posted 2017-06-13 10:13:34.05)
hi i use the K10cr1/m rotating stage how can use the kinesis software in matlab?
bwood  (posted 2017-06-13 08:19:06.0)
Response from Ben at Thorlabs: Thank you for your feedback. Kinesis has a full .NET API, which can be used with a wide range of third party software, including MatLab. I would suggest taking a look at the ".NET API Help" file, installed with Kinesis. Feel free to contact your local tech support office with any questions which arise from the file.
xjiang225  (posted 2017-05-11 18:48:39.027)
I'm using the communication protocol to send commands to the K10CR1. Some of the messages are useful(such as home and jog), but I can't get some other messages work, such as MGMSG_MOT_MOVE_RELATIVE on pg.55 and MGMSG_MOT_MOVE_ABSOLUTE on pg.58. I think I have read the protocol carefully but can't figure out why. Can you send me an example(long version) on either of these commands with K10CR1?Thank you very much!
bwood  (posted 2017-05-12 05:59:35.0)
Response from Ben at Thorlabs:Thank you for using our feedback feature. The easiest way to generate serial communications examples is directly through Kinesis, our motion control software. Firstly, download the software and begin controlling the stage. If you can then open "File" then "Options". On the "Application Options" tab press Ctrl+APT on your keyboard. This will allow you to expose the serial commands Kinesis is using to control the K10CR1 in real time. From this point, you can effectively generate example messages for any possible function of the stage. I hope this methodology helps, but feel free to contact me at techsupport.uk@thorlabs.com, if you have any difficulties or further questions.
joos  (posted 2016-10-24 11:13:48.377)
Dear Sir / Madam, I am currently interfacing the K10CR1 with python using the APT.dll of the APT User version 3.3.6064.16307. I am assuming the hardwaretype HWtype is 50 because it is the only one to work but can you confirm me this please. I am also facing the following problem that the velocity parameters after initialisation with InitHWDevice() are too low (typically 0.017 °/s instead of 10°/s even though MOT_GetVelParams() returns good values) and I have to explicitly specify them using MOT_SetVelParams(). I don't have the problem with the controller TDC001 interfaced as HWtype 31. Can you help me on this ? Maxime Joos
bhallewell  (posted 2016-10-28 09:59:42.0)
Response from Ben at Thorlabs: Thank you for getting in touch with us. I invite you to take a look at our Communication Protocol document within the following link. https://www.thorlabs.de/Software/Motion%20Control/APT_Communications_Protocol_Rev_18.pdf Checking the details of this method on pg.38 this may stem from the conversion factors used in the Get/SetVelParams method for the K10CR1. Within pg.16 & 17 of the communications protocol we outline the conversion between microstep counting & 'real world' units of position, velocity & acceleration for various stepper-actuated stages. We unfortunately have not updated this document to include conversions for our K10CR1 stage. We will update the document to include these conversions & I will send you a copy directly.
frolovtsev  (posted 2016-10-16 13:24:22.823)
I noticed that my stepper motor (s/n 55000282) skips steps, but the position counter works like without missing. Is the problem with missing steps solvable? Thank you.
msoulby  (posted 2016-10-19 09:19:02.0)
Response from Mike at Thorlabs: We will contact you directly to troubleshoot this problem with you.
gronle  (posted 2016-07-13 15:30:14.483)
I use the C++ library of Kinesis to access to K10CR1. We have two K10CR1s connected to the computer. Both serial numbers are recognized, however the command TLI_GetDeviceInfo always returns the TLI_DeviceInfo struct filled with information of the first device, only, independent if the given serialNo is the one from the first or second device. However, serialNo which does not correspond to any device lead to an error. Might this be a bug in the Kinesis software (1.6.0)? Thank you
msoulby  (posted 2016-07-14 10:57:28.0)
Response from Mike at Thorlabs: We will contact you directly to dicuss this with you in more detail.
samini79  (posted 2016-07-07 17:31:36.44)
Os of my computer is window xp and versions of ATP config and user are 1.1.0 and 2.3.4701.37075. In this situation, K10CR1/M is not connected with my computer. error code = 10001, internal code = 13560709, 13520709. So I download new version of ATP and Kinesis, but installations are failed because the new programs are not suitable to window xp. Would you provide some solution about recognization of K10CR1/M in window XP? Thank you.
bhallewell  (posted 2016-07-07 08:37:51.0)
Response from Ben at Thorlabs: Thank you for your question here. Support was added for K10CR1 upon release of the item early last year. APT V3.4.0 is the oldest version of software which can support the stage, which unfortunately is not compatible with Windows XP.
mccully  (posted 2016-06-16 22:56:06.323)
I have had no luck with APT or kinesis software in controlling the K10 rotary stage. The APT does not recognize the motor. The Kinesis software says "caught exception: BuildDeviceList failed error code 7". This device is a paperweight if it can not be controlled. Thank you.
bwood  (posted 2016-06-17 04:04:56.0)
Response from Ben at Thorlabs: I am sorry to hear about your problems with our K10CR1 rotary stage. We will be contacting you directly to gather more information on your setup, and to troubleshoot this issue further.
mccully  (posted 2016-06-16 22:36:51.29)
I have been unable to get the APT software to work. I have tried multiple versions. I have tried multiple PCs (windows 7 and windows 8). The software will not allow motor selection in the configuration software (only option is "none"), and absolutely nothing comes up in the user software. I have had no luck using labview basic examples to control the motor as well.
(posted 2015-12-15 15:57:40.42)
Dear Sir or Madam, I use Windows XP on my computer. I know that this version of Windows is not supported any more by APT software. Would you kindly provide me a last stable version of APT, which is compatible with Windows XP?
cevered  (posted 2015-12-16 05:25:00.0)
Thank you for your feedback. We can indeed supply an archived version of APT which is compatible with Windows XP. I will be in contact via email with a link to the set up file.

Rotation Mount and Stage Selection Guide

Thorlabs offers a wide variety of manual and motorized rotation mounts and stages. Rotation mounts are designed with an inner bore to mount a Ø1/2", Ø1", or Ø2" optic, while rotation stages are designed with mounting taps to attach a variety of components or systems. Motorized options are powered by a DC Servo motor, 2 phase stepper motor, or an Elliptec™ resonant piezo motor. Each offers 360° of continuous rotation.

Manual Rotation Mounts

Rotation Mounts for Ø1/2" Optics
Item # MRM05(/M) RSP05(/M) CRM05 PRM05(/M)a SRM05 KS05RS CT104
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Features Mini Series Standard External SM1
(1.035"-40) Threads
Micrometer 16 mm Cage-Compatible ±4° Kinematic Tip/Tilt Adjustment Plus Rotation Compatible with CT1 Cage Translator Stage and 1/4" Translation Stagesb
Additional Details
  • This mount is available in the PRM05GL5 bundle, which includes the PRM05 rotation mount with the SM05PM5 polarizing prism mount.
  • The CT104 is complatible with the 1/4" translation stages using our MS103(/M) adapter plate.
  • The CT104 is compatible with the CT1 cage translation stage, which is designed for use with 30 mm cage systems.

Rotation Mounts for Ø1" Optics
Item # RSP1(/M) LRM1 RSP1D(/M) DLM1(/M) CLR1(/M) RSP1X15(/M) RSP1X225(/M) PRM1(/M)a
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LRM1
Features Standard External SM1
(1.035"-40) Threads
Adjustable Zero Two Independently Rotating Carriages Rotates Optic Within
Fixed Lens Tube System
Continuous 360° Rotation
or 15° Increments
Continuous 360° Rotation
or 22.5° Increments
Micrometer
Additional Details
  • This mount is available in the PRM1GL10 bundle, which includes the PRM1 rotation mount with the SM1PM10 polarizing prism mount.

Rotation Mounts for Ø1" Optics
Item # LM1-A &
LM1-B(/M)
CRM1(/M) CRM1L(/M) CRM1P KS1RS K6XS
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Features Optic Carriage Rotates Within Mounting Ring 30 mm Cage-Compatiblea 30 mm Cage-Compatible
for Thick Opticsa
30 mm Cage-Compatible
with Micrometera
±4° Kinematic Tip/Tilt Adjustment Plus Rotation Six-Axis
Kinematic Mounta
Additional Details
  • This mount also features four 4-40 (M3) holes on the rotation dial for use with the K6A1(/M) prism platform.

Rotation Mounts for Ø2" Optics
Item # RSP2(/M) RSP2D(/M) PRM2(/M) LM2-A &
LM2-B(/M)
LCRM2(/M) KS2RS K6X2
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Features Standard Adjustable
Zero
Micrometer Optic Carriage Rotates Within Mounting Ring 60 mm Cage-Compatible ±4° Kinematic Tip/Tilt Adjustment Plus Rotation Six-Axis Kinematic Mount
Additional Details

Manual Rotation Stages

Manual Rotation Stages
Item # RP005(/M) MSRP01(/M) RP01(/M) RP03(/M) QRP02(/M)
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Continuous Rotation Mount
Features Standard Two Hard Stops
Additional Details

 

Manual Rotation Stages
Item # XRR1(/M) PR01(/M) CR1(/M) XYR1(/M) OCT-XYR1(/M)
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Features Fine Rotation Adjuster and
3" Wide Dovetail Quick Connect
Fine Rotation Adjuster and
SM1-Threaded Central Aperture
Fine Pitch Worm Gear Rotation and 1/2" Linear XY Translation
Additional Details
  • The stage profile is higher when it is mounted using the screw slots rather than stacked on another stage or accessory with 3" dovetails.
  • The OCT-XYR1(/M) stage includes the XYR1A solid sample plate. This plate can be detached from the stage to reveal the same mounting features present on the XYR1(/M) stage.

Motorized Rotation Mounts and Stages

Motorized Rotation Mounts and Stages
Item # DDR25(/M) K10CR1(/M) PRM1Z8(/M)a PRMTZ8(/M)b DDR100(/M) HDR50(/M) ELL18(/M)c
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Features Compatible with
SM05 Lens Tubes,
16 mm Cage System,
30 mm Cage System
Compatible with SM1 Lens Tubes and
30 mm Cage System
Tapped Mounting Platform for Mounting Prisms or Other Optics Compatible with
SM1 Lens Tubes,
16 mm Cage System,
30 mm Cage System
Compatible with
SM2 Lens Tubes
Tapped Mounting Platform, Open Frame Design for OEM Applications
Additional Details
  • This stage is available in the KPRMTE(/M), which includes the PRMTZ8(/M) Motorized Rotation Stage with the KDC101 K-Cube DC Servo Motor Controller.
  • This stage is available in the KPRM1E(/M), which includes the PRMT1Z8(/M) Motorized Rotation Stage with the KDC101 K-Cube DC Servo Motor Controller.
  • This stage is available in the ELL18K(/M), which includes an interface board, mounting brackets, and connectors for PC control.

Stepper Motor Rotation Mount

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Stepper Motor Rotation Stage Adapters


Table Mounting Adapter

The K10CR1A1 Mounting Plate is designed to mount the K10CR1(/M) rotation mount horizontally to an optical table or breadboard for use as a rotation stage. The plate comes with three 8-32 and three M4 button head screws for attaching an imperial or metric stage, respectively. Four slots accept 1/4" or M6 screws, which are ideal for securing the stage to a breadboard. 

Rotation Platform
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The K10CR1 attached to a K10CR1A1 Mounting Plate, with a K10CR1A2 adapter plate attached to the moving world.

Rotating Platform Adapter
When the stage is mounted horizontally, the SM1 mounting feature may not be needed. In these cases, the K10CR1A2(/M) adapter plate attaches to the surface of the rotating dial with two included 4-40 (M3) button head screws. This plate provides a central 3.0 mm groove and 6-32 (M3) taps for attaching Thorlabs' flexure stage accessories. In addition, an array of six 2-56 (six M2), six 4-40 (two M2.5 and four M3), eight 6-32 (four M3 and four M4), and one 1/4"-20 (M6) taps allow for a variety of optomechanical components to be attached, including GN05 (GN05/M) Goniometers, PM3 (PM3/M) Prism Clamping Arms, and T12X (T12X/M) and MS1 (MS1/M) Translation Stages.

The image on the left shows a K10CR1 mounted in a 60 mm cage system with a K10CR1A3 bracket. The 60 mm cage segment must be built using only three Ø6 mm cage rods. In the image on the right, the setscrews on the bracket are loosened on the two slots and the through hole, allowing the rotation mount to pivot out of the optical path, thereby easing the insertion and removal of optics.

60 mm Cage System Adapter
The K10CR1A3 is a bracket that attaches to the edge of the K10CR1(/M) and allows the rotation mount to be integrated into 60 mm Cage Systems. The K10CR1A3 comes with three 8-32 and three M4 button head screws for attaching the bracket to both imperial and metric stages. 

Once the bracket is attached to the stage, one cage rod is slid through the Ø6 mm bore in the bracket. Slots on the other edge of the bracket allow the rotation mount to pivot outside of the cage system for installation of optics or other components, as shown in the photos to the right. The design limits the number of cage rods used in a cage segment containing the rotation mount to three.  A 0.050" hex key is included for tightening the locking setscrews onto the cage rods.

Please note that the K10CR1A3 bracket mounts the stage inside the 60 mm cage system at a 7° angle. While a fixed 30 mm cage system can still be attached to the front and back faces of the K10CR1(/M), the 30 and 60 mm cage system rods will not be aligned, although the optic axes will be collinear.

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K10CR1A360 mm Cage System Adapter Bracket for K10CR1 and K10CR1/M
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