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1/2" (13 mm) Travel Translation Stages


  • 2.4" x 2.4" Stage with 1/4"-20 (M6) Mounting Holes
  • Modular Design for Building 1-, 2-, or 3-Axis Stages
  • 90 lbs (41 kg) Horizontal and 4.4 lbs (2 kg) Vertical Load

MT3

XYZ Stage with Standard Micrometers

MT1

Standard Micrometer

Application Idea

 MT3 Stage Shown with an MT406 Top Plate, HFF001 Fiber Clamp, and HFS001 Strain Relief for Fiber Coupling Applications

MT1B

1/4"-170 Adjuster Screw

MT1A

Differential Adjuster

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Custom Actuators
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The adjuster on the MT1(/M), MT1B(/M), or MT1A(/M) stage
can be replaced with any Ø3/8" (Ø9.5 mm) barrel actuator,
such as this ZFS13B motor actuator.

Features

  • Modular Design Allows Stages to be Easily Configured in XY and XYZ Orientations
  • Manual or Motorized Actuator-Equipped Models Available
  • Compatible with All Ø3/8" (Ø9.5 mm) Actuators
  • 1/4"-20 (M6) and 8-32 (M4) Mounting Holes
  • Side-Located Screw for Locking in Place

Thorlabs' MT Translation Stages have a 1/2" (13 mm) translation range and feature hardened steel linear bearings for precision motion and long life. Once the desired position is reached, the stage may be locked using the side-located 1/16" (1.5 mm) hex locking screw. MT1(/M), MT1B(/M), or MT1A(/M) stages can be combined to form 2- and 3-axis platforms; see the XYZ Assembly tab for more information.

These translation stages are available preconfigured with a 1/4"-170 adjuster [Item # MT1B(/M)], a standard micrometer [Item # MT1(/M)], or a DM10 differential adjuster [Item # MT1A(/M)]. The actuator on an MT translation stage can be removed by loosening the screw on the barrel clamp. For more information about removing the actuator and attaching it to one side of the stage, please refer to the Actuator Removal tab.

Each stage comes with two precision dowel pins that allow for multiple stages to be stacked in a right- or left-handed XY configuration with an excellent orthogonality of <5 mrad. The right-handed XYZ configuration is available fully assembled [see Item # MT3 (MT3/M) or MT3A (MT3A/M) below].

Note: Thorlabs' MT translation stages can be purchased without a micrometer by contacting Tech Support. This allows the user to choose from any of our manual and motorized actuators with Ø3/8" (Ø9.5 mm) barrel sizes. We also offer barrel adapters for select screw adjusters, making them compatible with the stages below.

Common Specifications
Travel 1/2" (13 mm)
Orthogonality <5 mrad
Angular Deviation <250 µrad
Maximum Horizontal Load 90 lbs (41 kg)
Maximum Vertical Load 4.4 lbs (2 kg)
Ball Bearing-Mechanism
Manual Translation Stages
1/4" (6 mm) Travel
1/2" (13 mm) Travel
1/2" (13 mm) Travel, Miniature
1" (25 mm) Travel
2" (50 mm) Travel

The modular design of the MT translation stages allows the assembly of a 2- or 3-axis stage within minutes. Each stage comes with two precision dowel pins that allow multiple stages to be arranged in a right- or left-handed XY configuration with excellent orthogonality. Follow the steps below to build a 3-axis XYZ translator (MT3) from individual components.

Step One
Step 1

Screw MT401 Base to MT1 Translation Stage using two 1/4"-20 cap screws.

Step Two
Step 2

Attach second, orthogonal MT1 Translation Stage, as shown above, using two 1/4"-20 cap screws.

Step Three
Step 3

Screw MT402 Angle Bracket to MT1 Translation Stage, as shown above, using two 1/4"-20 cap screws.

Step Four
Step 4

Screw third MT1 Translation Stage to back of MT402 Angle Bracket, using two 1/4"-20 cap screws.

MT Translation Stage Actuator Removal

Each of our MT translation stages features a removable actuator. This feature allows the actuator to be mounted to the side of the stage opposite of the locking plate using an MT405 side-mounted actuator adapter and a 3/32 hex drive. Please note that the side of the stage with the locking plate is not designed to mount an actuator using the MT405 adapter. Although an MT1 stage is shown, removal of the actuator is similar for MT1B(/M) and MT1A(/M) stages. 

The MT1 features a removable micrometer mounted to the front of the stage. Using the MT405 adapter and a 3/32 hex drive, the micrometer can be mounted in two additional orientations for a total of three orientations. We do not recommend mounting the actuator in orientations other than the three shown below. Do not remove the locking plate and attempt to mount an actuator on that side of the stage.

Orientation 1


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Orientation 1: Micrometer Mounted to Front of MT1 Stage

Orientation 2


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Orientation 2: Micrometer Mounted to Side of Stage Opposite of Locking Plate

Orientation 3


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Orientation 3: Micrometer Mounted to Side of Stage Opposite of Locking Plate
MT1 SmartPack Packaging
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MT1 Packaging

Smart Pack

Item #% Weight
Reduction
CO2-Equivalent
Reductiona
MT1 35.44% 57.95 kg
MT1/M 35.44% 55.72 kg

Smart Pack

  • Reduce Weight of Packaging Materials
  • Increase Usage of Recyclable Packing Materials
  • Improve Packing Integrity
  • Decrease Shipping Costs

Thorlabs' Smart Pack Initiative is aimed at waste minimization while still maintaining adequate protection for our products. By eliminating any unnecessary packaging, implementing packaging design changes, and utilizing eco-friendly packaging materials for our customers when possible, this initiative seeks to improve the environmental impact of our product packaging. Products listed above are now shipped in re-engineered packaging that minimizes the weight and the use of non-recyclable materials.b As we move through our product line, we will indicate re-engineered packages with our Smart Pack logo.

  • Travel-based emissions reduction calculations are estimated based on the total weight reduction of packaging materials used for all of 2013’s product sales, traveling 1,000 miles on an airplane, to provide general understanding of the impact of packaging material reduction. Calculations were made using the EPA’s shipping emissions values for different modes of transport.
  • Some Smart Pack products may show a negative weight reduction percentage as the substitution of greener packaging materials, such as the Greenwrap, at times slightly increases the weight of the product packaging.

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Posted Comments:
Poster:tomerg
Posted Date:2015-12-02 11:24:07.25
Hi there. 1. The 1/2" and 2" manual translation stages have locking screws while that of the 1" does not have, right? what is the reason and can the 1" stage (pt1a/m for example) be configured with a locking screw? 2. If I want to order the mt1/m with differential adjuster (dm10), do I recieve the stage with the standard micrometer and the adjuster separately, or can I get the stage with no micrometer at a lower cost? Thanks, Tomer.
Poster:besembeson
Posted Date:2015-12-02 04:18:32.0
Response from Bweh at Thorlabs USA: It depends on the design and the choice of micrometer/actuators. The PT1A/M has a locking screw for the coarse adjustment. We can provide the MT1/M with the differential adjuster, DM10 already mounted as a special item. We can also provide the stage without the adjuster if you prefer that. I will followup with you regarding quoting these, and a special PT1A/M as required by your application.
Poster:tesar
Posted Date:2013-08-27 12:15:19.03
Is the MT1/M translation stage available without a micrometer?
Poster:jlow
Posted Date:2013-08-27 08:59:00.0
Response from Jeremy at Thorlabs: The translation stage is available without a micrometer. We will contact you directly for a quote.
Poster:jlow
Posted Date:2013-01-04 08:36:00.0
Response from Jeremy at Thorlabs: Both the flatness and straightness for the stage should be =0.001".
Poster:mayeul.duranddegevigney
Posted Date:2013-01-03 09:26:25.33
Hello, Do you have information on the flatness and straightness of this stage? Kind Regards
Poster:
Posted Date:2011-03-15 15:02:31.0
height of mt1 not shown in drawing
Poster:Thorlabs
Posted Date:2010-10-12 18:48:57.0
Response from Javier at Thorlabs to piaa06: We can certainly offer the ball bearings separately. I will contact you directly to discuss the details.
Poster:piaa06
Posted Date:2010-10-12 15:29:05.0
Hello, Can I buy the ball bearings inside the MT1 stage separately? I recently lost some of them.
Poster:klee
Posted Date:2009-12-09 12:44:14.0
A response from Ken at Thorlabs to mheinric: Can you tell me what software you used to open them? I could open them in SolidWorks with no problem.
Poster:mheinric
Posted Date:2009-12-09 09:31:25.0
Your AutoCAD dxf drawings for the MT1 & MT1/M are corrupt.
Poster:jens
Posted Date:2009-06-15 15:45:18.0
A reply from Jens at Thorlabs: the MT stages offer a modular design which means that you can combine individual stages with manual actuator and DC motor, the part number for the manual version is MT1 for the motorized version MT1-Z8. In order to connect them you would need the base plate MT401 and the bracket MT402. We can set up a single part number for this and assemble it here for you. Since in that case the items will not just be shipped from stock it might add one or two days to the lead time, using that standard part numbers the items can ship same day.
Poster:bilal
Posted Date:2009-06-15 12:29:50.0
Hello, I need the MT3/M but I need the Z axis movement to be motorized. will you ba able to supply such positioner (complete)? how long will it take? how much will it cost me? thanks Best regards Bilal Saudi Pythagoras-Solar Ltd.
Poster:Tyler
Posted Date:2008-12-09 10:33:06.0
A response from Tyler at Thorlabs to cohensr: The solid model drawing of the mt1/m stage was sent to you. Thank you for considering one of our translation stages.
Poster:cohensr
Posted Date:2008-11-29 17:06:56.0
Dear Sir. Pls send me solid model of mt1/m stage. the model in your site build from surfaces and is not solid. Thank You Shlomo
Poster:Tyler
Posted Date:2008-10-27 14:17:26.0
A response from Tyler at Thorlabs to ken.harte: The drawings for each translation stage are available on the "Drawings and Documents" tab located above. I will check to make sure that the files are properly linked. I will also email the file directly to you. Thank you for your interest in our products and if we can assist you in any other way, please ask.
Poster:ken.harte
Posted Date:2008-10-23 13:43:48.0
I cant get a DXF drawing of this stage, which I need to integrate it into an optical system.

Single-Axis Translation Stage with 1/4"-170 Adjuster

Item # MT1B MT1B/M
Adjuster 1/4"-170 TPI
Resolution 0.006" (149.4 µm) Translation per Revolution
Travel 0.50" (12.7 mm)
Taps Top: 1/4"-20 (Qty. 7)
Bottom: 1/4"-20 (Qty. 7) and
8-32 (Qty. 4)
  Top: M6 (Qty. 7)
Bottom: M6 (Qty. 7) and 
M4 (Qty. 4)
Barrel Size Ø3/8" (Ø9.5 mm)

The MT1B(/M) is configured with a 1/4"-170 TPI adjuster, which has a 0.50" (13 mm) travel range. The adjuster can either be actuated by hand or by the 5/64" (2.0 mm) hex located on the end. Each stage contains seven 1/4"-20 (M6) tapped holes that are 0.25" (6.2 mm) deep. Two oversized 1/4"-20 (M6) counterbores allow the stage to be directly attached to a mounting adapter (sold below) or a metric or imperial breadboard with user-supplied cap screws.

The bottom face of the MT1B(/M) has four 8-32 (M4) tapped holes for mounting which are exposed when multiple stages are used to form a 2- or 3-axis stage. See the XYZ Assembly tab for more information.

The MT405 Side-Mounted Actuator Adapter (sold below) can be used to mount the adjuster only on the side without the locking plate. The side of the stage with the locking plate is not designed to mount an adjuster. See the Actuator Removal tab, above, for details about side-mounting the adjuster on an MT1B(/M) stage.

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MT1B Support Documentation
MT1B1/2" Translation Stage with 1/4"-170 Adjuster, 1/4"-20 Taps
$219.00
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MT1B/M Support Documentation
MT1B/M13 mm Translation Stage with 1/4"-170 Adjuster, M6 Taps
$219.00
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Single-Axis Translation Stage with Standard Micrometer

Item # MT1 MT1/M
Micrometer 148-811ST 148-801ST
Resolution 0.025" Translation
per Revolution
500 µm Translation
per Revolution
Travel 0.50" 12.7 mm
Engraving Every 0.001" Every 10 µm
Taps Top: 1/4"-20 (Qty. 7)
Bottom: 1/4"-20 (Qty. 7) and
8-32 (Qty. 4)
Top: M6 (Qty. 7)
Bottom: M6 (Qty. 7) and 
M4 (Qty. 4)
Barrel Size Ø3/8" (Ø9.5 mm)

The MT1 is configured with the 148-811ST micrometer drive, which has a 1/2" range and 0.001" per division. The MT1/M is configured with the 148-801ST micrometer drive, which has a 13 mm range and 10 µm per division. Each stage contains seven 1/4"-20 (M6) tapped holes which are 0.25 (6.2 mm) deep. Two oversized 1/4"-20 (M6) counterbores allow the stage to be directly attached to a mounting adapter (sold below) or a metric or imperial breadboard with user-supplied cap screws. 

The bottom face of the MT1(/M) has four 8-32 (M4) tapped holes for mounting which are exposed when multiple stages are used to form a 2- or 3-axis stage. See the XYZ Assembly tab for more information.

Note: The MT1(/M) translation stage is available without the micrometer, thereby allowing the user to choose the preferred drive model. Please contact Tech Support to discuss this option.

The MT405 Side-Mounted Actuator Adapter (sold below) can be used to mount the micrometer only on the side without the locking plate. The side of the stage with the locking plate is not designed to mount a micrometer. See the Actuator Removal tab, above, for details about side-mounting the micrometer on an MT1(/M) stage.

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MT1 Support Documentation
MT11/2" Translation Stage with Standard Micrometer, 1/4"-20 Taps
$292.00
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MT1/M Support Documentation
MT1/M13 mm Translation Stage with Standard Micrometer, M6 Taps
$292.00
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Single-Axis Translation Stage with Differential Adjuster

Item # MT1A MT1A/M
Differential Adjuster DM10
Coarse Resolution 500 µm (0.02") Translation per Revolution
Coarse Range 0.50" (12.7 mm)
Fine Resolution 25 µm (0.001") Translation per Revolution
Fine Range 250 µm (0.01")
Travel 0.50" (12.7 mm)
Engraving Every 0.5 µm
Taps Top: 1/4"-20 (Qty. 7)
Bottom: 1/4"-20 (Qty. 7) and 8-32 (Qty. 4)
Top: M6 (Qty. 7)
Bottom: M6 (Qty. 7) and  M4 (Qty. 4)
Barrel Size Ø3/8" (Ø9.5 mm)

For applications that require increased resolution, the MT1A(/M) translation stage is configured with the DM10 differential adjuster. The differential adjustment knob provides 25 µm of translation per revolution over a 250 µm range and is engraved with graduations every 0.5 µm. The coarse adjustment, which can be locked using a thumbscrew on the mounting collar, provides 0.02" (0.50 mm) of translation per revolution over a range of 0.50" (12.7 mm). Each stage contains seven 1/4"-20 (M6) tapped mounting holes which are 0.25" (6.2 mm) deep.

Two oversized 1/4"-20 (M6) counterbores allow the stage to be directly attached to a mounting adapter (sold below) or a metric or imperial breadboard with user-supplied cap screws.

The bottom face of the MT1A(/M) has four 8-32 (M4) tapped holes for mounting which are exposed when multiple stages are used to form a 2- or 3-axis stage. See the XYZ Assembly tab for more information.

The MT405 Side-Mounted Actuator Adapter (sold below) is designed to mount the adjuster only on the side without the plate. The side of the stage with the locking plate is not designed to mount an adjuster. See the Actuator Removal tab, above, for details about side-mounting the adjuster on an MT1A(/M) stage.

Based on your currency / country selection, your order will ship from Newton, New Jersey  
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MT1A Support Documentation
MT1A1/2" Translation Stage with Differential Adjuster, 1/4"-20 Taps
$392.00
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MT1A/M Support Documentation
MT1A/M13 mm Translation Stage with Differential Adjuster, M6 Taps
$392.00
Today

XYZ Translation Stage with Standard Micrometers

Item #MT3MT3/M
Micrometers 148-811ST 148-801ST
Resolution 0.025" Translation
per Revolution
500 µm Translation
per Revolution
Travel 0.50" 12.7 mm
Engraving Every 0.001" Every 10 µm
Taps Top: 1/4"-20 (Qty. 7)
Bottoma: 1/4"-20 (Qty. 7) and 8-32 (Qty. 4)
Top: M6 (Qty. 7)
Bottoma: M6 (Qty. 7) and M4 (Qty. 4)
Barrel Size Ø3/8" (Ø9.5 mm)
  • Outward facing taps on a fully constructed MT3(/M).
  • Preconfigured, 3-Axis, Right-Handed XYZ Translators
  • Fully Assembled Stages Include Both the MT101 and MT102 Adapter Plates

The MT3 (MT3/M) translation stage is fitted with standard 1/2" (13 mm) micrometer drives. The quick-change modular design utilizes precision-aligned dowel pins to ensure orthogonality between stages and allows the user to reconfigure stages quickly as applications change.

Four 1/4"-20 (M6) counterbored slots on the included adapter allow the stage to be directly attached to a breadboard with user-supplied cap screws. Each stage contains seven 1/4"-20 (M6) and four 8-32 (M4) tapped mounting holes that are 0.22" (5.6 mm) deep.

The MT Series translation stages can be purchased individually (MT1 Series) or as fully assembled, 3-axis, XYZ translators (MT3 Series). Therefore, the MT3 stage can be disassembled using a 3/16" (5 mm) hex key to customize the positions of the micrometers or to use three MT1 stages separately. See the XYZ Assembly tab for details.

Note: The MT3 translation stage is available without micrometers, thereby allowing the user to choose the preferred drive model. Please contact Tech Support to discuss this option.

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MT3 Support Documentation
MT31/2" XYZ Translation Stage with Standard Micrometers, 1/4"-20 Taps
$924.00
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MT3/M Support Documentation
MT3/M13 mm XYZ Translation Stage with Standard Micrometers, M6 Taps
$924.00
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XYZ Translation Stage with Differential Adjusters

Item # MT3A MT3A/M
Differential Adjusters DM10
Coarse Resolution 500 µm (0.02") Translation per Revolution
Coarse Range 0.50" (12.7 mm)
Fine Resolution 25 µm (0.001") Translation per Revolution
Fine Range 250 µm (0.01")
Travel 0.50" (12.7 mm)
Engraving Every 0.5 µm
Taps Top: 1/4"-20 (Qty. 7)
Bottoma: 1/4"-20 (Qty. 7) and 8-32 (Qty. 4)
Top: M6 (Qty. 7)
Bottoma: M6 (Qty. 7) and M4 (Qty. 4)
Barrel Size Ø3/8" (Ø9.5 mm)
  • Outward facing taps on a fully constructed MT3A(/M).
  • Preconfigured, 3-Axis, Right-Handed XYZ Translators
  • Fully Assembled Stages Include Both the MT101 and MT102 Adapter Plates

The MT3A translation stage is offered with three differential micrometers for applications requiring increased resolution. The coarse adjustment, which can be locked using a thumbscrew on the mounting collar, provides 0.5 mm of translation per revolution over a range of 0.50" (12.7 mm). The quick-change modular design utilizes precision-aligned dowel pins to ensure orthogonality between stages and allows the user to reconfigure stages quickly as applications change.

Four 1/4"-20 (M6) counterbored slots on the included adapter allow the stage to be directly attached to a breadboard with user-supplied cap screws. Each stage contains seven 1/4"-20 (M6) and four 8-32 (M4) tapped mounting holes that are 0.22" (5.6 mm) deep.

The MT Series translation stages with differential adjusters can be purchased individually (MT1A Series) or as fully assembled, 3-axis, XYZ translators (MT3A Series). Therefore, the MT3A stage can be disassembled using a 3/16" (5 mm) hex key to customize the positions of the micrometers or to use three MT1A stages separately. See the XYZ Assembly tab for details.

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MT3A Support Documentation
MT3A1/2" XYZ Translation Stage with Differential Adjusters, 1/4"-20 Taps
$1,146.00
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MT3A/M Support Documentation
MT3A/M13 mm XYZ Translation Stage with Differential Adjusters, M6 Taps
$1,146.00
Today

MT Series Accessories

M01 Reflection
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Placement of XYZ Accessories
1

MT401- MT Series Base Plate: The MT401 base plate provides mounting flanges with 1" (25 mm) centers that can be used to fasten the MT series stages to an optical breadboard. This base is ideal for XY or XYZ multi-axis configurations where the standard counterbores in the middle of the stages are obstructed. This base plate is included with the MT3(/M) and MT3A(/M).

2

MT402- MT Series Right Angle Bracket: The MT402, as shown to the right, allows two stages to be mounted perpendicular to each other. This plate is required when assembling stages in an XZ or XYZ configuration. This angle bracket is pre-drilled and includes alignment pins to guarantee that all stages are orthogonal to each other. This angle bracket is included with the MT3(/M) and MT3A(/M).

3

MT405- Side Mounted Actuator Kit: The MT405 repositions the actuator from the rear of the stage to the side, as shown in the image on the right. This kit is necessary when space constraints do not allow for the actuator to protrude from the rear of the stage. This kit conveniently mounts to the side of the stage without the mounting plate using the 4 included cap screws. See the Actuator Removal tab, above, for details about mounting an actuator to the side of an MT stage.

4

MT406(/M)- Flexure Stage Accessories Adapter Plate: The MT406(/M) fastens directly to the top of the MT series stage with two 1/4"-20 (M6) cap screws. It is compatible with our full range of 3 mm wide alignment key MBT and MAX series flexure stage accessories. This adapter plate is ideal for creating basic fiber coupling solutions.

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MT406 Support Documentation
MT406Flexure Stage Accessories Plate for MT Series Translation Stages, 6-32 Taps
$40.00
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MT401 Support Documentation
MT401Base Plate for MT Series Translation Stages
$23.20
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MT402 Support Documentation
MT402Right-Angle Bracket for MT Series Translation Stages
$50.50
3-5 Days
MT405 Support Documentation
MT405Side-Mounted Actuator Adapter for MT Series Translation Stages
$56.75
Today
+1 Qty Docs Part Number - Metric Price Available / Ships
MT406/M Support Documentation
MT406/MFlexure Stage Accessories Plate for MT Series Translation Stages, M3 Taps
$40.00
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