Linear Translation Stages: 2" (50 mm) Travel, Manual, Crossed Roller Bearings

  • Simple Micrometer or Differential Drive
  • Solid All-Steel Construction
  • Crossed Roller Bearing Design
    for High Load Capacity
  • Motorized Actuators Available


Differential Drive Stage


Base Plate


Micrometer Drive Stage


Right-Angle Bracket

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2" (50 mm) TravelMax™ with Manual Adjusters

TravelMax™ Translation Stages
Travel 2" (50 mm)
Bearings Crossed Roller
Horizontal Load Capacity 66 lbs (30 kg)
Vertical Load Capacity 22 lbs (10 kg)
Weight (Including Drive) 4.19 lbs (1.9 kg)
Runout Over Full Range ±0.0004" (±10 µm)
Body Construction All Steel
TravelMax Cross-Roller Bearing Stages Selection Guide
1" (25 mm) Travel
2" (50 mm) Travel
TravelMax Base Plate
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LNR50P4 Base Plate
3-Axis Translation Stage
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XYZ Configuration Using Three LNR50M Stages with Base Plate LNR50P1 and Right-Angle Bracket LNR50P2
TravelMax Right-Angle Bracket
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LNR50P2 Right-Angle Bracket


  • Rugged, Thermally Matched All-Steel Construction
  • Heavy-Duty Cross Roller Bearings
  • Right- or Left-Handed XYZ Configurable
  • Multiple Drive Options
  • Extremely Long Life

TravelMax Steel Stages
TravelMax series stages are equipped with actuator side clamps that are removable, thereby allowing any combination of manual, piezo extenders, or motorized actuators to be fitted. The stages featured here are shipped preconfigured with either a micrometer drive (LNR50M) or a differential drive (LNR50DD). Pre-configured motorized stages are also available. Alternatively, the stage can be purchased without drives; please contact Tech Support for a quote.

Although these stages are supplied pre-configured with an actuator, these can be easily replaced if the application requirements change. Please see our compatible actuators subgroup below for details of other compatible actuators such as motor or piezo drives.

These stages offer stability, long travel, and high load capacity as well as flexible drive options, making them an ideal solution for all translation applications. Designed with the highest quality linear rails available, the performance is further enhanced by utilizing thermally matched materials that ensure stability, even in less-than-ideal conditions. The rigidity of the all-steel construction, along with the heavy-duty cross-roller bearings, provides uniform performance over the entire 2" (50 mm) range of motion.

Two drive options are available depending on application requirements. The standard micrometer supplied with the LNR50M provides a 2" range with a thread pitch of 0.1 mm. The Vernier provides graduations every 10 µm. The LNR50DD is equipped with a differential drive. The coarse adjustment provides 0.5 mm per revolution while the fine adjustment provides 50 μm per revolution. A Vernier scale on the differential drive has graduations every 1 µm.

Wide Range of Mounting Options
The TravelMax was designed with flexibility and functionality in mind. The top and bottom surfaces of the LNR series of stages are equipped with a wide array of 1/4"-20 (M6) tapped holes to maximize the mounting flexibility of components. Two counterbored clearance holes are present in the moving world to allow the stage to be bolted easily to the work surface in either a left- or right-handed configuration.

The LNR50P4 base plate provides additional mounting options and provides extra clearance between the stage and the work surface (e.g., when fitting motor drives). Tapped holes match up to the two counterbored clearance holes mentioned above, and four slotted holes allow the LNR50P2 angle bracket to be attached directly. The base plate measures 100 mm x 145 mm x 12 mm.

The LNR50P2 angle bracket allows the LNR stage to be mounted vertically. When combined with the LNR50P4 described above, it can be used to build an XZ, YZ, or XYZ configuration.

Item # LNR50DD LNR50M
Adjuster Type Differential Adjusters Micrometer
Travel 2" (50 mm)
Screw Pitch Coarse: 0.5 mm
Fine: 25 µm
0.1 mm
Locking Mechanism Collet Style N/A
Vernier Graduations N/A 10 µm
Bearings Crossed Roller
Horizontal Load Capacity 66 lbs (30 kg)
Vertical Load Capacity 22 lbs (10 kg)
Weight (Without Drives) 3.96 lbs (1.8 kg)
Runouta Over Full Range +/-0.0004" (10 µm)
Pitch Angular Deviation 0.03°
Yaw Angular Deviation 0.015°
Body Construction All Steel
  • The deviation from an imaginary plane that is parallel to the intended axis of travel.

Posted Comments:
scd2  (posted 2014-12-19 13:53:59.92)
The solidworks file for the LNR50P2 appears to have metric spaced holes for one of the two plates. I imagine these should have an inch-based hole spacing.
jvigroux  (posted 2014-12-24 05:37:35.0)
The SolidWorks file is correct. The only difference between the metric and imperial versions of this product is the two tapped holes which are M6 on the metric and ¼-20 UNC on the imperial. All hole spacing are the same. The holes are sized so that they can accommodate M6 screws on a 50mm pitch or ¼-20 UNC screws on a 2” pitch.
aaronleow  (posted 2013-07-29 14:31:19.327)
does this part come with a through hole in the middle so that I can shine optical stuff through it? Thanks
jlow  (posted 2013-07-29 11:26:00.0)
Response from Jeremy at Thorlabs: The LNR50 stage do not have a through hole in the middle. There are two through holes but those are for mounting the stage onto another surface.

Manual Linear Translation Stages

Thorlabs' manual translation stages are offered in a range of maximum travel distances, from less than 1/4" (6 mm) to 2" (50 mm) and longer for our long travel, large area platforms. Many of these stages can be ordered in multi-axis configurations, providing XY or XYZ translation. For fiber coupling applications, please see our Multi-Axis Stages, which offer finer adjustment than our standard manual translation stages. In addition to linear translation stages, we offer rotation stages, pitch and yaw platforms, and goniometers. We also offer motorized translation stages that are powered by DC Servo motors, stepper motors, or direct drive technology.

Crossed-Roller Bearing Stages

These linear translation stages feature crossed roller bearings travel mechanisms for precision motion, high load capacity, and low angular deviation. The LNR Series stages feature all-steel body construction, while the LX, XRN, and XR Series stage bodies are constructed of aluminum.

Crossed-Roller Bearing Stages
Product Family LNR Series 25 mm Stages LX Series
25 mm Stages
XRN Series 25 mm Stages XR Series 25 mm Stages XR Series 50 mm Stages LNR Series 50 mm Stages
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Travel 25 mm (0.98") 25 mm (0.98") 25 mm (0.98") 25 mm (0.98") 50 mm (1.97") 50 mm (1.97")
Drive Type Multiple Micrometer Micrometer Micrometer Micrometer Multiple
Platform Size 2.34" x 2.36"
(59.4 mm x 60.0 mm)
2.56" x 2.56"
(65.0 mm x 65.0 mm)
2.00" x 3.35"
(50.7 mm x 85.0 mm)
2.98" x 4.33"
(75.7 mm x 110.0 mm)
2.98" x 5.51"
(75.7 mm x 140.0 mm)
3.94" x 3.94"
(100.0 mm x 100.0 mm)
Possible Axis
Additional Details

Ball Bearing Stages

These translation stages feature hardened steel linear bearings for precise motion and long life. They are available with a variety of actuators and in single-axis or preassembled multi-axis configurations.

Ball Bearing Stages
Product Family MS Series 1/4" Stages T12 Series 1/2" Stages MT Series 1/2" Stages PT Series 1" Stages LT Series 2" Stages
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Travel 1/4" (6.4 mm) 1/2" (12.7 mm) 1/2" (12.7 mm) 1" (25.4 mm) 2" (50 mm)
Drive Type Multiple Thumbscrew Multiple Multiple Differential Micrometer
Platform Size 1.17" x 1.17"
(29.7 mm x 29.7 mm)
0.76" x 0.81"
(19.3 mm x 20.6 mm)
2.40" x 2.41"
(61.0 mm x 61.2 mm)
3.00" x 4.00"
(76.2 mm x 101.6 mm)
3.75" x 3.75"
(95.3 mm x 95.3 mm)
Possible Axis Configurations X, XY, XYZ X, XY, XYZ X, XY, XYZ X, XY, XYZ X, XY, XYZ
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Dovetail Stages

These compact stages incorporate dovetails and a leadscrew for the translation mechanism. They are suitable in general purpose motion control applications.

Dovetail Stages
Product Family DT Series 1/2" Stages DTS Series 1" Stage DTS Series 2" Stage
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Travel 1/2" (12.7 mm) 1" (25 mm) 2" (50 mm)
Drive Type Thumbscrew Thumbscrew Thumbscrew
Platform Size 1.00" x 1.00" (25.4 mm x 25.4 mm) 2.68" x 2.95" (68.0 mm 75.0 mm) 2.68" x 3.74" (68.0 mm x 95.0 mm)
Possible Axis Configurations X, XY, XYZ X, XY, XYZ X, XY, XYZ
Additional Details

Flexure Stages

Thorlabs' Nanoflex™ translation stages feature frictionless flexure mechanisms for improved positioning and resolution when compared to similar stages made using bearings. The translation of the stage is accomplished by the elastic deformation (flexing) of a linkage attached to the mounting platform. Most models also include piezo actuators for small position adjustments.

Flexure Stages
Product Family Nanoflex™ 1.5 mm Stage Nanoflex™ 5 mm Stages
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Travel 1.5 mm (0.06") + 25 µm Piezo 5 mm (0.20") 5 mm (0.20") + 20 µm Piezo
Drive Type Thumbscrew and Piezo Actuator Differential Micrometer Differential Micrometer and
Open-Loop Piezo Actuator
Differential Micrometer and
Closed-Loop Piezo Actuator
Platform Size 1.18" x 1.18" (30.0 mm x 30.0 mm) 2.95" x 2.95" (75.0 mm x 75.0 mm)
Possible Axis Configurations X, XY, XYZ X, XY, XYZ X, XY, XYZ X, XY, XYZ
Additional Details

Vertical Stages

We offer vertical translation stages with crossed roller bearings for precise motion as well as long travel vertical stages for heavy-duty applications.

Vertical Stages
Product Family MVS Series 1/2" Vertical Stage MVS Series 1" Vertical Stage VAP Series 4" Vertical Stage VAP Series 10" Vertical Stage
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Travel 1/2" (13.0 mm) 1" (25.0 mm) 4" (101.6 mm) 10" (254 mm)
Drive Type Micrometer Adjuster Knob and Coarse Manual Positioning
Platform Size 2.36" x 2.36" (60.0 mm x 60.0 mm) 3.00" x 6.00" (76.2 mm 152.4 mm)
Additional Details
Based on your currency / country selection, your order will ship from Newton, New Jersey  
+1 Qty Docs Part Number - Imperial Price Available
LNR50DD Support Documentation
LNR50DD2" (50 mm) TravelMax Stage with Differential Drive - Imperial
Lead Time
LNR50M Support Documentation
LNR50MTravelMax Stage, 50 mm Micrometer Drive w/ Graduated Scale
Lead Time
LNR50P4 Support Documentation
LNR50P4Base Plate for LNR50 TravelMax Stages, Imperial
LNR50P2 Support Documentation
LNR50P2Right-Angle Bracket for LNR50 TravelMax Stages, Imperial Threads
+1 Qty Docs Part Number - Metric Price Available
LNR50DD/M Support Documentation
LNR50DD/M50 mm (2") TravelMax Stage with Differential Drive - Metric
Lead Time
LNR50M/M Support Documentation
LNR50M/MTravelMax Stage, 50 mm Micrometer Drive w/ Graduated Scale, Metric
LNR50P4/M Support Documentation
LNR50P4/MBase Plate for LNR50 TravelMax Stages, Metric
LNR50P2/M Support Documentation
LNR50P2/MRight-Angle Bracket for LNR50 TravelMax Stages, Metric Threads

TravelMax™ Stages - Compatible Actuators

Type of Actuator Click Image to Enlarge Item # Travel Range

This Differential drive has been designed for use the TravelMax series stages, and provides 2.0" (50 mm) of coarse adjustment (500 µm per rev) and 300 µm of fine adjustment (50 µm per rev). The large diameter knob has graduations every 1.0 µm and allows precise, ultra-smooth control over the entire range of motion.

DRV008 DRV8 50 mm (2")

Open-Loop Piezo
The PAS series Piezo Actuators provide adjustment lengths of 20 µm, 40 µm, or 100 µm at a resolution of 20 nm, 40 nm, and 100 nm respectively. The drive voltage is 0 - 75 V. Thorlabs supplies a number of suitable piezo controllers such as our KPZ101 K-Cube™ piezo driver. Alternate drivers with a BNC connector can be used with the MDC40211 SMC-to-BNC adapter.

The actuator is shipped with a flat tip as shown, but can accept any of our PAA Series actuator tips.

PAS005 PAS005
20 µm
40 µm
100 µm

Closed-Loop Piezo
The PAZ009 actuator has a travel range of 40 µm at a resolution of 10 nm. The drive voltage for this actuator is 0 - 75 V. Feedback connection is provided via a 7 pin LEMO connector that can be used in conjunction with our APT series of motion controllers, such as our BPC301 benchtop piezo driver. Alternate drivers with a BNC connector can be used with the MDC40211 or T4292 SMC-to-BNC adapters.

The actuator is shipped with a flat tip as shown, but can accept any of our PAA Series actuator tips.

PAZ005 PAZ009
40 µm

Stepper Motor Drives
The DRV225 and DRV250 stepper motors offer 25 mm (1") or 50 mm (2") of travel, respectively. When used with one of our BSC201, BSC202, or BSC203 Stepper Motor Controllers, a resolution better than 50 nm can be achieved.

The hybrid stepper motor has a rotor that consists of 50 individual magnetic teeth, which is ideally suited for micro-stepping applications. With 409 600 microsteps per revolution, micro-stepping also ensures smooth low-speed motion with low vibrational noise.

Each stepper motor drive is equipped with a trapezoidal screw thread for more efficient high-load operation than is available from a standard threading.

DRV250 DRV225
25 mm (1")
50 mm (2")
Stepper Motor Acuatora
Item # DRV225 DRV250
Travel Range 25 mm (0.98") 50 mm (1.97")
Unidirectional Repeatability ±1.6 µm
Bidirectional Repeatability ±3.9 µm
Maximum Pushing Forceb 180 N
Maximum Velocity 50 mm/s
Maximum Acceleration 50 mm/s2
Limit Switches Hall Effect
Homing Repeatability ±3.6 µm
Feedback Nonec
Motor Type 2-Phase Stepper Motor
Full Step Angle 1.8°
Lead Screw Pitch 1.0 mm
Microsteps per Revolution 409 600
Actuator Mass 0.58 kg 0.66 kg
Compatible Controllers BSC201, BSC202, BSC203, or MST602
  • For complete specifications, see the manual.
  • The unit requires a preload in order to function properly and should be used only for pushing loads. Do not use for pulling.
  • Although feedback is not provided within the actuator, closed-loop control can be achieved by using the LNR502E(/M) stage.
Manual Actuators
Item # DRV8
Coarse Adjustment Range 2.0" (50.8 mm)
Coarse Adjustment Pitch 0.5 mm
Fine Adjustment Range 300 µm
Fine Adjustment Pitch 0.05 mm with 1 µm Graduations
Open Loop Piezo Actuators
Item # PAS005 PAS009 PAS015
Travel 20 µm 40 µm 100 µm
Length 2.24"
(57 mm)
(93 mm)
(201 mm)
Resolution 20 nm 40 nm 100 nm
Capacitance 3.6 µF 7.2 µF 18 µF
Feedback N/A
Accuracy N/A
Repeatablity N/A
Included Cable SMC Female, 3 m
BPC301, MDT694B, MPZ601, KPZ101
Compatible Stages LNR50 Series or OEM Applications
Closed Loop Piezo Actuators
Item # PAZ009
Travel 40 µm
Length 3.66"
(93 mm)
Resolutiona 10 nm
Capacitance 7.2 µF
Feedback Strain Gauge
Accuracy +1% / -0%
Repeatablity 0.7 µm
Included Cables SMC Female to SMC Female, 3 m
9-pin D-Sub Male to 7-pin LEMO Female, 3 m
BPC301, MPZ601, KPZ101/KSG101
Compatible Stages LNR50 Series or OEM Applications
  • Dependent on control electronics.

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DRV8 Support Documentation
DRV850 mm Travel Differential Drive, Ø1/2" (Ø12.7 mm) Mount Bushing
PAS005 Support Documentation
PAS005Piezoelectric Actuator, 20 µm Travel
PAS009 Support Documentation
PAS009Piezoelectric Actuator, 40 µm Travel
PAS015 Support Documentation
PAS015Piezoelectric Actuator, 100 µm Travel
7-10 Days
PAZ009 Support Documentation
PAZ009Piezoelectric Actuator With Feedback, 40 µm Travel
DRV225 Support Documentation
DRV22525 mm Trapezoidal Stepper Motor Drive
DRV250 Support Documentation
DRV25050 mm Trapezoidal Stepper Motor Drive
7-10 Days