Kinematic Platforms and Stages Compatible with 3-Axis Flexure Stages


  • Designed for Use with Our Family of Three-Axis Flexure Stages
  • Pitch & Roll Tilt Platforms
  • Pitch & Yaw Platforms

Roll

Pitch

APR001

Pitch & Roll Platform with Thumbscrew Drives

AMA027

Pitch & Roll Adjustable Height Platform

Roll

Pitch

PY003

Pitch & Yaw Accessory
Tilt Platform

Pitch

Yaw

Pitch

Yaw

APY002

Pitch & Yaw
Tilt Platform
with Micrometer Drives

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The APR001 platform fitted on a NanoMax™ stage with the ABS002 angle bracket fitted to the side face.

Features

  • Add Two Additional Degrees of Freedom to a 3-Axis Flexure Stage System
  • Kinematic Platforms Offer Pitch and Yaw or Pitch and Roll Adjustments
  • Thumbscrew or Micrometer Drives Available
  • Compatible with Thorlabs' 3-Axis Flexure Stages: RollerBlock™, MicroBlock™, and NanoMax™

Thorlabs offers kinematic platforms designed as cost-efficient ways to upgrade Thorlabs' line of three-axis flexure stages or stage systems by adding two additional degrees of freedom. We offer multiple sizes and types of platforms that either provide pitch and yaw or pitch and roll adjustments. Some platforms come with thumbscrew adjustment and others come with micrometer adjustment. All stages and platforms have a deck height compatible with three-axis flexure stages. For more information, see the Specs tab.

Mounting Accessories
The APR001(/M), APY001(/M), and APY002(/M) platforms can be mounted with the included post next to a 3-axis flexure stage or directly on a 3-axis flexure stage. In addition, we offer the ABS002(/M) large angle bracket and spacer block kit below that can be mounted on the side of a 3-axis flexure stage, which provides an additional platform for mating components when one of the APR001(/M), APY001(/M), and APY002(/M) stages are mounted directly on a 3-axis flexure stage.

An extensive selection of accessories is available to mount items such as microscope objectives, collimation packages, waveguides, and fiber on these stages and can be viewed in the table below.

4- and 5-Axis Stages Compatible with 3-Axis Flexure Stages
In addition to the platforms offered on this page, Thorlabs also offers 4- and 5-axis stages that are compatible with Thorlabs 3-Axis Flexure Stages. These stages have a deck height of 62.5 mm and can also add pitch and yaw adjustment to a 3-axis stage system. More information on 4-axis stages compatible with 3-axis flexure stages can be found here. Information on the 5-axis stage compatible with 3-axis flexure stages can be found below or in the full web presentation.

Specifications for Kinematic Platforms
Item # AMA027(/M) PY003(/M) APR001(/M) APY001(/M) APY002(/M)
Travel Range Pitch +4°/-8° ±4° ±4° ±4° ±4°
Roll +4°/-8° N/A ±4° N/A N/A
Yaw N/A ±4° N/A ±4° ±4°
Resolution 10 arcsec - 10 arcsec 10 arcsec 10 arcsec
Pitch Movement - - - - 1° = 0.86 mma
Yaw Movement N/A - N/A - 1° = 0.91 mma
Tilt Platform Thickness 24 mm - 19 mm 19 mm 19 mm
Tilt Platform Weight (No Post) - - 0.37 lbs (0.17 kg) 0.38 lbs (0.17 kg) 0.38 lbs (0.17 kg)
Maximum Horizontal Load Capacityb - 1 or 2 lbs (0.5 or 0.9 kg)c - 4.40 lbs (2.0 kg)d -
Adjustment Knob Type Thumbscrew Micrometer Thumbscrew Thumbscrew Micrometer
  • As measured on the micrometer
  • The load capacity when the stage's base is mounted on a horizontal surface. The max load capacity is different at certain points of the platform.
  • Click here for the horizontal load capcity diagram of the PY003(/M) stage.
  • Click here for the horizontal load capcity diagram of the APY001(/M) stage.

Specifications for the Compact 5-Axis Stage
Item # PY005-K1(/M)
Travel Range X 0.12" (3.0 mm)
Y 0.12" (3.0 mm)
Z 0.12" (3.0 mm)
Pitch ±3.5°
Yaw ±5°
Maximum Horizontal Load Capacitya 0.5 lbs
Taps 8-32 (M4), 6-32 (M3),
and 4-40 (M2)
Adjustment Knob Type Hex Key or Thumbscrew
  • The load capacity when the stage's base is mounted on a horizontal surface. The max load capacity is different at certain points of the platform.

Posted Comments:
Nejc Zajc  (posted 2020-04-14 06:51:51.9)
Hello, 1.) Is there any info available, how much weight can the PY003/M carry in the horizontal position? Also I'm interested in mounting the PY003/M vertically onto a suitable bracket. How much momentum could be applied onto the platform around the perpendicular axes before losing accuracy of positioning? 2.) Just a general question. Do you have any experience with how resistable the stage is to dynamic stresses (e.g. vibrations)? I would like to mount a bearing on top of the patform, which could cause some vibrations translated onto the platform when the shaft is spinning. Thank you in advance for your answer. Best Regards, Nejc Zajc
llamb  (posted 2020-04-15 08:27:31.0)
Hello Nejc, thank you for contacting Thorlabs. 1) We recommend a maximum horizontal load capacity of 1 or 2 lbs (0.5 or 0.9 kg). The max load capacity is different at certain points of the platform. See the diagram under the "Specs" tab for more details. Unfortunately we do not have a vertical mounting load spec, as we do not recommend using the PY003(/M) in this orientation. 2) We do not currently have vibration testing for this particular stage, but could possibly look into this more depending on your specific load and vibration's amplitude/frequency. I have reached out to you directly to discuss your application further.
Chris Lay  (posted 2019-10-01 21:04:15.743)
Hello, I have several of these assemblies on our systems and some are 'sticking' when trying to adjust them. Can you recommend the type of grease to use and where to apply this to stop this sticking problem? Thank you
YLohia  (posted 2019-10-15 09:06:58.0)
Hello Chris, thank you for contacting Thorlabs. I reached out to you to request a clear video of the actuator tip and the stage while this is sticking? The pitch actuator can get stuck on the lip of the recessed plate where the tip makes contact when the yaw actuator is retracted too much.
Laurie  (posted 2008-12-11 16:16:48.0)
Response from Laurie at Thorlabs to d.lara: Thank you for your feedback. Currently, we do not offer a large enough Pitch/Yaw platform to meet your needs. However, thank you for submitting your feedback. It is via conversations such as these that we become more aware of what our customers need. I will be sure to add your suggestion to our internal forum where new product ideas are posted.
d.lara  (posted 2008-12-11 12:01:24.0)
I was looking for a base plate with Pitch and Yaw (P&Y) like the C1503. I need to mount a Melles Griot Laser 56ICS210, and the P&Yplates you have are too small.
srubin  (posted 2008-01-13 04:12:06.0)
1. the specs tab on this product does not contain all the information needed. 2. what is the difference between the this product and the ATP003, they both have similar specs and description, is it the threads? 3. the order of the tabs is different then the rest of the page, which i found confusing. Thanks

Adjustable Height Pitch and Roll Platform

AMA027
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The AMA027 adjustable height pitch and roll platform mounted next to a NanoMax™ stage. 
Specification Value
Travel Range Pitch -8°/+4°
Roll -8°/+4°
Resolution 10 arcsec
Taps 6-32 (M3)
Adjustment Knobs Thumbscrew
  • Adds Two Additional Degrees of Freedom to a
    3-Axis Flexure Stage System
  • -8°/+4° Total Tilt per Axis
  • -1 mm to +4 mm Height Adjustment
  • Pitch & Roll Tilt Platform

The AMA027(/M) platform is intended to allow an angled optical component to be positioned in front of one of our 3-axis flexure stages as indicated in the image to the right. This add-on stage provides pitch and roll adjustment using the two labeled thumbscrews indicated in the photograph.

Both the roll and pitch adjustment provide -8º/+4° of range with an accuracy of 10 arcsec and use of all three adjusters allows for the adjustment of the overall height of the platform. The amount of height adjustment ranges from -1 mm to +4 mm around the nominal height of 62.5 mm for the entire assembly. Some specifications are offered in the table to the right; for more information, see the Specs tab.

Although it was designed for use with our family of three-axis flexure stages (RollerBlock™, MicroBlock™, and NanoMax™), this same platform is also compatible with our 4-, 5-, and 6-axis stages by substituting the included Ø1" post with the platform for a longer one.

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AMA027 Support Documentation
AMA027Adjustable Height, Pitch and Roll Platform
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AMA027/M Support Documentation
AMA027/MAdjustable Height, Pitch and Roll Platform, Metric
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Pitch and Roll Tilt Platform

Pitch Yaw Platform
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The APR001 platform mounted, using the included mounting post, in front of Thorlabs' Microblock™
3-axis flexure stage. 
Specification Value
Travel Range Pitch ±4°
Roll ±4°
Resolution 10 arcsec
Taps 6-32 (M3)
Adjustment Knobs Thumbscrew
  • Adds Two Additional Degrees of Freedom to a 3-Axis Flexure Stage System
  • ±4° Total Tilt per Axis
  • Pitch & Roll Tilt Platform

This platform provides pitch and roll adjustment about the optical axis. It was designed for use with our NanoMax™, MicroBlock™, and RollerBlock™ families of 3-axis stages and provides a cost efficient upgrade to 5-axis positioning. The thumbscrew drives allow adjustment up to ±4° per axis with an accuracy of 10 arcsec. Some specifications are offered in the table to the right; for more information, see the Specs tab.

The APR001(/M) platform comprises a pitch and roll platform together with a mounting post. The post is mounted directly to an optical table such that the top surface is at the proper beam height when placed in front of the stage. Mating components can then be attached to the platform and adjusted in pitch and roll. The mounting post included produces an optical height of 75 mm (62.5 mm post plus 12.5 mm accessory height), as shown in the image to the right. 

Alternatively, the pitch and roll platform can be removed from the post, and fixed directly to the stage, in place of the standard top plate; an example image can be found below. This allows components mounted on the stage to be adjusted in pitch and roll, and raises the optical axis height by 15 mm, from 75 mm to 90 mm. An angle bracket and spacer block kit is available separately, as shown at bottom of the page, which raises mating components to the same height. 

Typical applications include angled pigtails and placement of components requiring only moderate resolution and manual adjustment on the angular axes. All standard nanopositioning accessories may be fitted to the platform by means of the keyway interface.

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APR001 Support Documentation
APR001Pitch and Roll Tilt Platform with Thumbscrew Drives
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APR001/MPitch and Roll Tilt Platform with Thumbscrew Drives, Metric
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Pitch and Yaw Accessory Platform

Micrometer Pitch Yaw Platform
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PY003 platform shown on a Ø1.5" post and BA2(/M) base.
Specification Value
Travel Range Pitch ±4°
Yaw ±4°
Taps 8-32 (M4)
and 1/4"-20 (M6)
Adjustment Knobs Thumbscrew
  • Adds Two Additional Degrees of Freedom to a 3-Axis Flexure Stage System
  • ±4° Total Tilt per Axis
  • Precision Micrometer Head Actuators
  • Pitch & Yaw Tilt Platform

The PY003(/M) tilt platform provides ±4° of micrometer adjustment in both pitch and yaw. It is designed to offer a compact pitch- and yaw-adjustable mounting platform with both 1/4"-20 (M6) and 8-32 (M4) threaded mounting holes. Some specifications are offered in the table to the right; for more information, see the Specs tab.

When used with a post assembly, this pitch and yaw platform can be mounted to an optical table such that the top surface is at the proper beam height for your application. When used with the Thorlabs NanoMax™, MicroBlock™, or RollerBlock™ three-axis stages, the post and base from the AMA029A post assembly provides a deck height of 62.5 mm. Other post assembly heights are also available.

Note: If your application requires a grooved top plate, which can be used with our extensive range of nanopositioning accessories (fiber holders, fiber chucks, fiber rotators, microscope objective holders etc.), please see the APY001 and APY002 detailed below.

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PY003 Support Documentation
PY003Pitch and Yaw Accessory Tilt Platform with Micrometers
$227.29
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PY003/M Support Documentation
PY003/MPitch and Yaw Accessory Tilt Platform with Micrometers, Metric
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Pitch and Yaw Tilt Platforms

Pitch Yaw Platform
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The APY002 platform mounted, using the included mounting post, in front of Thorlabs' Microblock™
3-axis flexure stage. 
Specifications
Item # APY001(/M) APY002(/M)
Travel Range Pitch ±4°
Yaw ±4°
Resolution 10 arcsec
Taps 6-32 (M3)
Adjustment Knobs Thumbscrew Micrometer
  • Adds Two Additional Degrees of Freedom to a 3-Axis Flexure Stage System
  • ±4° Total Tilt per Axis
  • Thumbscrew or Micrometer Drives Available
  • Pitch & Yaw Tilt Platforms

These platforms provide pitch and yaw adjustment about the optical axis. They were designed for use with our NanoMax™, MicroBlock™, and RollerBlock™ families of 3-axis stages and provide cost efficient upgrades to 5-axis positioning. Some specifications are offered in the table to the right; for more information, see the Specs tab.

The APY001(/M) and APY002(/M) platforms comprise a pitch and yaw platform together with a mounting post. The post is mounted directly to an optical table such that the top surface is at the proper deck height when placed in front of the stage. Mating components can then be attached to the platform and adjusted in pitch and yaw. The mounting post included produces an optical height of 75 mm (62.5 mm post plus 12.5 mm accessory height) as shown in the image to the right. 

Alternatively, the pitch and yaw platform can be removed from the post, and fixed directly to the stage, in place of the standard top plate; an example image can be found below. This allows components mounted on the stage to be adjusted in pitch and yaw, and raises the optical axis height by 15 mm, from 75 mm to 90 mm. An angle bracket and spacer block kit is available separately, as shown at the bottom of the page, which raises mating components to the same height. 

We offer two options to adjust the pitch and yaw platforms: thumbscrew drives or micrometer drives. The thumbscrew drives allow adjustment up to ±4° per axis with an accuracy of 10 arcsec. The micrometer drives offer precise control: 1° of pitch rotation relates to 0.86 mm micrometer movement (1 mm = 1.16°) while 1° of yaw rotation relates to 0.91 mm of micrometer movement (1 mm = 1.1°).

Typical applications include angled pigtails and placement of components requiring only moderate resolution and manual adjustment on the angular axes. All standard nanopositioning accessories may be fitted to the platform by means of the keyway interface.

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APY001 Support Documentation
APY001Pitch and Yaw Tilt Platform with Thumbscrew Drives
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APY002Pitch and Yaw Tilt Platform with Micrometer Drives
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APY001/MPitch and Yaw Tilt Platform with Thumbscrew Drives, Metric
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APY002/MPitch and Yaw Tilt Platform with Micrometer Drives, Metric
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Compact 5-Axis Stage

Top Plate Mounting Holes
PY005-K1
PY005-K1/M
5 Axis Mount with Flexure Stage
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Item #QtyDescription
MAX311D13-Axis NanoMax Stage, Differential Drives, Closed-Loop Piezos
PY005-K11Compact Five-Axis Stage with Top Mounting Plate, 62.5 mm (2.46") Deck Height
HCS2091M9-Threaded Thin-Profile Aspheric Lens Flexure Stage Mount
C610TME-A1f = 4.00 mm, NA = 0.60, Mounted Aspheric Lens, ARC: 350 - 700 nm
HFB0041Wide Key FC/PC-Connectorized-Fiber Holder for Multi-Axis Stages
P1-405B-FC-11 Single Mode Patch Cable, 405 - 532 nm, FC/PC, Ø3 mm Jacket, 1 m Long
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Item #QtyDescription
MAX311D/M13-Axis NanoMax Stage, Differential Drives, Closed-Loop Piezos, Metric
PY005-K1/M1Compact Five-Axis Stage with Top Mounting Plate, 62.5 mm (2.46") Deck Height, Metric
HCS2091M9-Threaded Thin-Profile Aspheric Lens Flexure Stage Mount
C610TME-A1f = 4.00 mm, NA = 0.60, Mounted Aspheric Lens, ARC: 350 - 700 nm
HFB0041Wide Key FC/PC-Connectorized-Fiber Holder for Multi-Axis Stages
P1-405B-FC-11 Single Mode Patch Cable, 405 - 532 nm, FC/PC, Ø3 mm Jacket, 1 m Long
The PY005-K1 stage connected to a MAX311D NanoMax stage for a fiber coupling application.
Specification Value
Travel Range Pitch ±3.5°
Yaw ±5°
X, Y, Z 0.12" (3.0 mm)
Adjustment Knobs Micrometer
  • ±5° Yaw Adjustment, ±3.5° Pitch Adjustment
  • 0.12" (3 mm) Linear Translation (X, Y, and Z)
  • 62.5 mm (2.46") Deck Height Compatible with 3-Axis Flexure Stages
  • Hex Key or Thumbscrew Adjustment
  • See the Full Web Presentation for More Information

The PY005-K1(/M) includes a PY005(/M) stage, a PY005A2(/M) pedestal base, and a top plate that give the PY005 a 62.5 mm (2.46") deck height. The top plate features 8-32, 6-32, and 4-40 taps, as well as a 3.0 mm alignment groove for fiber accessories. For the location of these taps, please click on the info icons in the table to the right. The stage provides five axes of adjustment in an ultra-compact package. It has five 100 TPI actuators which can adjust the pitch, yaw, and X, Y, and Z positions of the stage's top mounting platform. Two actuators together control yaw and Y-axis, two actuators together control pitch and Z-axis, and a single actuator controls the X translation. The actuators have a 5/64" (2 mm) hex for adjustments with a hex key or our HKTS-5/64 hex key thumbscrews. Some specifications are offered in the table to the right; for more information, see the Specs tab.

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PY005-K1 Support Documentation
PY005-K1Compact Five-Axis Stage with Top Mounting Plate, 62.5 mm (2.46") Deck Height
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Large Angle Bracket and Spacer Block Kit

Pitch Yaw Platform
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APY001 pitch and yaw tilt platform mounted on a NanoMax™ stage with the ABS002 large angle bracket fitted to the side face.
Pitch Yaw Platform
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APR001 pitch and roll tilt platform mounted on a NanoMax™ stage with the ABS002 large angle bracket fitted to the side face.
  • Compatible with APR001(/M), APY001(/M), and APY002(/M) Platforms
  • Compatible with 3-Axis Flexure Stages
  • Raises Optical Axis Height from 75 mm to 90 mm

The ABS002(/M) large angle bracket and spacer block raises the optical axis height by 15 mm, from 75 mm to
90 mm. This allows mating components to be at the same height as our NanoMax™, MicroBlock™, and RollerBlock™ stages when a pitch and yaw or a pitch and roll platform is affixed, as seen in the right image. When a pitch and yaw or pitch and roll platform is affixed to a 3-axis flexure stage, the stage gains those two axes of adjustment, providing a cost efficient upgrade to 5-axis positioning. 

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ABS002 Support Documentation
ABS002Large Angle Bracket and Spacer Block for 77.5 mm Deck Height (90 mm Optical Height)
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ABS002/MLarge Angle Bracket and Spacer Block for 77.5 mm Deck Height, Metric (90 mm Optical Height)
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