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Motorized Kinematic Mount


  • Motorized Tip/Tilt Ø1" Mirror Mount
  • Ideal for OEM Applications

KDC101

Recommended
Controller for
the KS1-Z8
(Shown with Included Mounting Plate)

KS1-Z8

Motorized Kinematic Mount

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Features

  • Ultra Stable Ø1" Mirror Mounts
  • Two Motorized Actuators, One Manual Actuator
  • ±4° Pitch and Yaw Adjustment

Thorlabs offers the popular Ultra-Stable KS1 Ø1" mirror mount in a motorized version. The KS1-Z8 mount comes with two of our Z812 DC Servo Motors and includes a 1/4"-80 threaded adjuster, which allows for greater pitch and yaw adjustment over standard two adjuster mounts. The mount is fabricated from black anodized aluminum.

The two Z812 DC Actuators are equipped with commercial grade internal limit switches to provide over drive protection. The motors also have an encoder to provide 6 arcsec angular resolution. Our KDC101 single-channel K-Cube DC servo motor controller is ideally suited for use with this Z812 motorized mount. The KDC101  and compatible power supplies are not included with the motorized kinematic mount, but they are also available below. Note that if you will be using a Z8 series DC Servo Motor with a previously purchased, former generation TDC001 T-Cube DC servo motor controller, you may need to update your firmware to version 1.0.10 or later. This update is included in the APT Software download.

Please refer to the Actuator Specs tab for more information on these motorized actuators.

Z812 Actuators

Item #Z812
Travel 0.47" (12 mm)
Max Load Vertical 10 lbs (4.5 kg)
Max Load Horizontal 20 lbs (9 kg)
Motor Type DC Servo
Motor Drive Voltage 12 V
Max. Recommended Current 80 mA
Lead Screw Pitch 1 mm
Calculated Resolution 29 nm
Repeatability <8 µm
Backlash (with preload) <8 µm
Feedback Motor-Mounted Rotary Encoder
Encoder Counts per Revolution of the Lead Screw 34,304
Planetary Gearhead Ratio 67:1
Limit Switches Electromechanical
Speed Range 0.050 to 2.6 mm/s
Operating Temperature 41 to 104 °F (5 to 40 °C)
Compatible Controllers KDC101

Calculating the Linear Displacement per Encoder Count

For the Z812, there are 512 encoder counts per revolution of the motor. The output shaft of the motor goes into a 67:1 planetary gear head. This requires the motor to rotate 67 times to rotate the 1.0 mm pitch lead screw one revolution. The end result is the lead screw advances by 1.0 mm.

The linear displacement of the actuator per encoder count is given by

512 x 67 = 34,304 encoder counts per revolution of the lead screw,

whereas the linear displacement of the lead screw per encoder count is given by

1.0 mm / 34,304 counts = 2.9 x 10-5 mm (29 nm).

Thorlabs offers two platforms to drive our wide range of motion controllers: our legacy APT™ (Advanced Positioning Technology) software package or the new Kinesis software package. Either package can be used to control devices in the APT or 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).

Our legacy APT System Software platform is available by clicking on the link below. It features 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.

APTConfig
APT GUI Screen

The Kinesis Software features new .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.

By providing these common software platforms, Thorlabs has ensured that users can easily mix and match any of the APT and Kinesis 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 the low-powered, single-axis to the high-powered, 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 are 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

APT Version 3.16.0

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

Also Available:

  • Comminications Protocol
Software Download

Software

Kinesis Version 1.6.0

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

Also Available:

  • Communications Protocol
Software Download
APTConfig
Kinesis GUI Screen

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Posted Comments:
Poster:cbrideau
Posted Date:2013-09-17 19:03:38.147
I REALLY need this in a KCB1 for use in a cage setup. Is it possible to fit a KCB1 with a pair of Z8's as a new product proposal or a custom job? It would save me a lot of trouble if it could be done. Also, are Z812's necessary? Will a Z86 do the job?
Poster:jlow
Posted Date:2013-09-19 16:14:00.0
Response from Jeremy at Thorlabs: We do not currently have a motorized KCB1 but we will look at possibly modifying our current KCB1 for use with the Z806. The Z812 is necessary in the KS1 mount because it would not provide the necessary travel for the adjustment range when the corner adjustment screw is screwed in by a significant amount. I will contact you directly regarding possibly customizing the KCB1 with motors.
Poster:Thorlabs
Posted Date:2010-12-06 10:17:10.0
Response from Javier at Thorlabs to k1w05: the ZST13 actuator is compatible with the KS2 kinematic mirror mount. Also, the ZST actuators include forward and reverse mechanical limit switches in order to prevent overshooting in the travel.
Poster:k1w05
Posted Date:2010-12-05 07:37:38.0
I want to used KS2 with ZST13, is they work. Can you install an Electro-Mechanical Limit Switching to Prevent Motor Damage? Thank you!
Poster:Tyler
Posted Date:2009-03-12 10:43:01.0
A response from Tyler at Thorlabs to John: Our APT DC Servo Motor Driver Controllers come with a software package that includes a graphical computer interface that can be used to control and monitor the servo motor. This interface only provides the linear position of the actuator. However, the software package includes all of the necessary drivers to easily build your own interface using a program like LabVIEW. Your program could include a calibration routine that converted the linear actuator position into an angular position that could be displayed real-time on the computer screen. I will have a member of our technical support department contact you with more information about this possibility.
Poster:john.wang
Posted Date:2009-03-05 13:39:05.0
Is there angular readout on this DC Servo Motorized Mirror Mounts? I am looking for the automated gimble mirror mount with readout that can display the anguler moving. John Wang

DC Servo Motorized Mirror Mount

  • Motorized ±4° Tip/Tilt Adjustment
  • Angular Resolution: 6 arcsec
  • 34,304 counts/revolutions Rotary Encoder
  • Commercial-Grade Limit Switches Prevent Motor Damage

The KS1-Z8 features an Ultra-Stable KS1 Ø1" mirror mount and combines it with two Z812 Series DC Motor Actuators. Higher precision adjustments can be made with the motorized actuators than otherwise possible with manual adjusters. The mount also features one 1/4"-80 adjuster, which allows for greater pitch and yaw adjustment over standard two adjuster kinematic mounts, while also providing Z-translation.

The KDC101 Brushed DC Servo Motor Controller is sold separately; see below.

Based on your currency / country selection, your order will ship from Newton, New Jersey  
+1 Qty Docs Part Number - Universal Price Available / Ships
KS1-Z8 Support Documentation
KS1-Z8DC Motorized Ultra-Stable Kinematic Ø1" Mirror Mount
$1,146.30
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K-Cube DC Servo Motor Controller

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Item #QtyDescription
Product List
KCH6011USB Controller Hub and Power Supply for Six K-Cubes or T-Cubes
KDC1011K-Cube Brushed DC Servo Motor Controller (Power Supply Not Included)
KST1011K-Cube Stepper Motor Controller (Power Supply Not Included)
KPZ1011K-Cube Piezo Controller (Power Supply Sold Separately)
TSG0011 T-Cube Strain Gauge Reader (Power Supply Not Included)
TSC0011T-Cube Shutter Controller (Power Supply Not Included)
KAP1012Adapter Plate for KCH Series Hubs and 60 mm Wide T-Cubes
KCH601 USB Controller Hub (Sold Separately) with Installed K-Cube and T-Cube Modules (T-Cubes Require the KAP101 Adapter)
  • Front Panel Velocity Wheel and Digital Display for Controlling Motorized Stages or Actuators
  • Two Bidirectional Trigger Ports to Read or Control External Equipment
  • Interfaces with Computer Using Included USB Cable
  • Fully Compatible with Kinesis® or APT™ Software Packages
  • Compact Footprint: 60.0 mm x 60.0 mm x 49.2 mm (2.42" x 2.42" x 1.94")
  • Power Supply Not Included (See Below)

Thorlabs' KDC101 K-Cube Brushed DC Motor Controller provides local and computerized control of a single motor axis. It features a top-mounted control panel with a velocity wheel that supports four-speed bidirectional control with forward and reverse jogging as well as position presets. A backlit digital display is also included that can have the backlit dimmed or turned off using the the top-panel menu options. The front of the unit contains two bidirectional trigger ports that can be used to read a 5 V external logic signal or output a 5 V logic signal to control external equipment. Each port can be independently configured.

The unit is fully compatible with our new Kinesis software package and our legacy APT control software. Please see the Motion Control Software tab for more information.

Please note that this controller does not ship with a power supply. Compatible power supplies are listed below. Additional information can be found on the main KDC101 DC Servo Motor Controller page.

Based on your currency / country selection, your order will ship from Newton, New Jersey  
+1 Qty Docs Part Number - Universal Price Available / Ships
KDC101 Support Documentation
KDC101K-Cube Brushed DC Servo Motor Controller (Power Supply Not Included)
$613.00
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Compatible Power Supplies

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A location-specific adapter is shipped with the power supply unit based on your location. The adapters for the KPS101 are shown here.
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The KPS101 Power Supply Unit
  • Power Supplies
    • KPS101: For One K-Cube or T-Cube
  • USB Controller Hubs Provide Power and Communications
    • KCH301: For up to Three K-Cubes or T-Cubes
    • KCH601: For up to Six K-Cubes or T-Cubes
    • KAP101: Adapter Plate for Connecting 60 mm Wide T-Cubes to KCH Hubs
    • KAP102: Adapter Plate for Connecting 120 mm Wide T-Cubes to KCH Hubs

The KPS101 can supply up to 2.4 A and power a single K-Cube or T-Cube. It plugs into a standard wall outlet and provides +15 VDC.

The KCH301 and KCH601 USB Controller Hubs each consist of two parts: the hub, which can support up to three (KCH301) or six (KCH601) K-Cubes or T-Cubes, and a power supply that plugs into a standard wall outlet. The hub draws a maximum current of 10 A; please verify that the cubes being used do not require a total current of more than 10 A. In addition, the hub provides USB connectivity to any docked K-Cube or T-Cube through a single USB connection.

A KAP101 or KAP102 Adapter Plate (sold separately) is required for each T-Cube to operate on the KCH301 or KCH601 controller hub. The KAP101 is designed to adapt 60 mm wide T-Cubes to the hubs, while the KAP102 is designed to adapt 120 mm wide T-Cubes to the hubs.

For more information on the USB Controller Hubs, see the full web presentation.

Based on your currency / country selection, your order will ship from Newton, New Jersey  
+1 Qty Docs Part Number - Universal Price Available / Ships
KPS101 Support Documentation
KPS10115 V, 2.4 A Power Supply Unit for One K-Cube or T-Cube
$25.71
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KCH301 Support Documentation
KCH301USB Controller Hub and Power Supply for Three K-Cubes or T-Cubes
$475.00
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KCH601 Support Documentation
KCH601USB Controller Hub and Power Supply for Six K-Cubes or T-Cubes
$575.00
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KAP101 Support Documentation
KAP101Adapter Plate for KCH Series Hubs and 60 mm Wide T-Cubes
$55.00
Today
KAP102 Support Documentation
KAP102Adapter Plate for KCH Series Hubs and 120 mm Wide T-Cubes
$60.00
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