300 mm Linear Translation Stage, Direct-Drive Brushless Servo Motor


  • 300 mm Travel at Speeds up to 400 mm/s
  • Brushless DC Servo Motor
  • Bidirectional Repeatability of ±0.25 µm

BBD301

1-Channel Controller
(Sold Separately)

DDSA04

Platform Height Adapter

MJC2

2-Axis Joystick

DDS300

300 mm (11.81") Servo Motor Translation Stage

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Key Specificationsa
Travel Range 300 mm (11.81")
Speed (Max) 400 mm/s
Acceleration (Max)b 10 000 mm/s2
Bidirectional Repeatability ±0.25 µm
Backlashc N/A
Horizontal Load Capacity (Max)d 10.0 kg (22.0 lbs)
Min Achievable Incremental Movement 100 nm
Absolute On-Axis Accuracy ±7.5 µm
Cable Length 2.5 m (8.2')
Required Controllere Benchtop: BBD30x;
Rackmount: RBD201, MBD602
Stage Dimensions (L x W x H) 500 mm x 130 mm x 50 mm
(19.69" x 5.12" x 1.97")
  • Please see the Specs tab for a complete specifications list.
  • The acceleration should be set according to the load and is limited by the continuous motor force.
  • The stage does not suffer from backlash because there is no leadscrew.
  • The controller default PID parameters are set for a 2 kg load and may require adjustment for higher loads. At higher loads the acceleration should be decreased. The acceleration is limited by the motor force.
  • The BBD300 series benchtop controllers are sold separately below.

Features

  • 300 mm (11.81") Travel
  • High Speeds up to 400 mm/s
  • Low Profile: 50 mm (1.97")
  • Integrated, Brushless DC Linear Servo Motor Actuators
  • High-Quality, Precision-Engineered Linear Bearings
  • Controller Sold Separately (See Table to the Right)
  • Accessories Available:
    • Height Adapter for 62.5 mm Platform Height
    • 2-Axis or 3-Axis Joysticks for Precise Manual Control

Thorlabs' DDS300(/M) Low-Profile, Direct-Drive Translation Stage provides 300 mm of travel with a minimum incremental movement of 100 nm and a maximum speed of 400 mm/s. This stage is ideal for applications that require high speeds and high positioning accuracy, including automated alignment, surface inspection, mapping, and probing.

An innovative, low-profile design with integrated, brushless linear motors eliminates the external housings that create mechanical clash points and impede access to the moving platform. The direct-drive technology removes the need for a leadscrew, eliminating backlash. Internal flexible ducting ensures cables cannot become trapped as the mechanism moves. Twin, precision-grooved linear bearings provide superior rigidity and linearity with excellent on-axis accuracy (±7.5 µm). This backlash-free operation coupled with high-resolution, closed-loop optical feedback ensures a bidirectional repeatability of ±0.25 μm.

Notes:
This stage is not suitable for operation in a vertical (Z-axis) orientation. Additionally, when no power is applied, the mounting platform has very little inertia and is virtually free running. This may make the stage unsuitable for applications where the stage's platform needs to remain in a set position when power is off.

Controller Options
We recommend the BBD30x One-, Two-, or Three-Channel Benchtop Brushless DC Motor Controllers (sold separately below) for this stage. These controllers provide a user-configurable, trapezoidal or S-curve acceleration/deceleration profile that enables fast, smooth positioning without vibration or shock; a comparison between these controllers is available in the Specs tab. They are ideal for motion control applications demanding operation at high speeds (hundreds of mm/s) and high encoder resolution (100 nm). The design incorporates the latest digital and analog techniques as well as high-bandwidth, high-power servo control circuitry. The controllers ship with our Kinesis or APT software for easy integration into an existing system. See below for a brief overview or click here to view the full presentation for these Brushless DC Motor Controllers.

We also offer the RBD201 Rackmount Controller for implementation into a 19" rack and the MBD602 Rackmount Controller Module designed for use with the MMR60x Motion Control 19" Modular Rack System. These controllers are compatible with the DDS300 direct-drive, linear translation stage and allow for customizing more complex systems with multiple motor controls.

Joystick Options
Two optional joysticks are also available for remote positioning applications, the MJC2 Two-Axis Joystick and the MJC3 Three-Axis Joystick. See the presentation below for more details. Please note that in order to control two stages simultaneously, a multi-channel controller is required.

Optical Height Adapter Plate
The DDSA04 riser plate raises the deck height of the stage to 62.5 mm to match that of our NanoMax, MicroBlock, and RollerBlock stages.

Item # DDS300(/M)a,b
Travel Range 300 mm (11.81")
Speed (Max) 400 mm/s
Acceleration (Max)c 10 000 mm/s2
Bidirectional Repeatability ±0.25 µm
Backlashd N/A
Encoder Resolution 50 nm
Minimum Achievable
Incremental Movement
100 nm
Horizontal Load Capacity (Max)e 10.0 kg (22.0 lbs)
Absolute On-Axis Accuracy ±7.5 µm
Straightness/Flatness ±4.0 µm
Pitch ±100 µrad
Yaw ±150 µrad
Continuous Motor Force 10.0 N
Peak Motor Force (2 s) 20.0 N
Bearing Type High Rigidity, Recirculating,
Precision Linear Bearings
Limit Switches Magnetic Sensor at Each End of Stage
Operating Temperature Rangef 5 to 40 °C (41 to 104 °F)
Motor Type Brushless DC Linear Motor
Cable Length 2.5 m (8.2')
Dimensions 500 mm x 130 mm x 50 mm
(19.69" x 5.12" x 1.97")
Mass
(Weight)
Excluding Cables 5.9 kg (12.98 lbs)
Including Cables 6.14 kg (13.54 lbs)
  • All measurements were undertaken at 300 mm/s and 5 000 mm/s2 for the maximum travel of 300 mm at a lab temperature of 20 °C.
  • The default tuning parameters can be changed to optimize settling times for specific loads.
  • The acceleration should be set according to the load, and is limited by the continuous motor force.
  • The stage does not suffer from backlash because there is no leadscrew.
  • The controller default PID parameters are set for a 2 kg load and may require adjustment for higher loads. At higher loads the acceleration should be decreased. The acceleration is limited by the motor force.
  • For operation at temperatures outside normal room temperature, the PID parameters may require optimization.
Item # BBD301 BBD302
Number of Channels 1 2
Drive Connector 8 Pin DIN, Round, Female
Feedback Connector 15-Pin D-Type, Female
Brushless Continuous Output 2.5 A per Channel, 5 A Max All-Channel Total Output
Brushless Peak Output 4.0 A per Channel, 5 A Max All-Channel Total Output
PWM Frequency 40 kHz
Operating Modes Position and Velocity
Control Algorithm 16-Bit Digital PID Servo Loop with Velocity and
Acceleration Feedforward
Velocity Profile Trapezoidal/S-Curve
Position Count 32 Bit
Position Feedback Incremental Encoder
Encoder Bandwidth 2.5 MHz (10 M Counts/sec)
Encoder Supply 5 V
AUX Control Connector 37-Pin D-Type Female (User Digital IO, 5 V O/P)
Front Panel Display 4.3" Full-Color LCD, 480 x 272 Pixels
Input Power
Requirements
250 VA
Voltage: 100 to 240 VAC
Frequency: 47 to 63 Hz
Fuse: 3.15 A
Dimensions (W x D x H) 199.8 mm x 229.1 mm x 108.8 mm
(7.87" x 9.02" x 4.28")
250.0 mm x 279.1 mm x 108.8 mm
(9.84" x 10.99" x 4.28")
Mass (Weight) 1.20 kg (2.65 lbs) 1.70 kg (3.75 lbs)

DDS300(/M) Stage Pin Out Descriptions

The flying leads are terminated in a male 15-pin D-Type and male 8-pin round DIN connector. Pin details are given below.

Feedback Connector

d-type_long

Motor Drive Connector

8PinDINRound

Pin Description Pin Description
1 Not Used 9 Ground
2 Ground 10 Limit Switch +
3 Not Used 11 Limit Switch -
4 Enc Index - 12 Enc Index +
5 QB - 13 QB +
6 QA - 14 QA +
7* 5 V 15 Not Used
8* 5 V

*Pins 7 and 8 are shorted together internally

Pin Description
1 Motor Phase V
2 Ground
3 Thermistor (Not Used)
4 Motor Phase U
5 Stage ID
6 Ground
7 Motor Phase W
8 Enable

BBD302 Controller Pin Out Descriptions

MOTOR DRIVE

Female DIN Connector

BBD MOTOR DRIVE

Pin Description Pin Description
1 Motor Phase V 5 Stage ID
2 GND 6 GND
3 Temp. Sensor (Not Used) 7 Motor Phase W
4 Motor Phase U 8 Enable

FEEDBACK

Female D-Type Connector

BBD FEEDBACK

Pin Description Pin Description
1 Not Connected 9 GND
2 GND 10 Limit Switch +
3 Not Connected 11 Limit Switch -
4 Index - 12 Index +
5 QB - 13 QB +
6 QA - 14 QA +
7a 5 V 15 Not Connected
8a 5 V
  • Pins 7 and 8 are short circuited internally.

HANDSET

Female Mini DIN Connector

Handset Connector

Pin Description Pin Description
1 RX
(Controller Input)
4 Supply Voltage
for Handset 5 V
2 Ground 5 TX (Controller Output)
3 Ground 6 Ground

AUX I/O

Female D-Type Connector

37-Pin DIN Male

Pin Description Pin Description Pin Description Pin Description
1 RS232 TX 11 User Digital O/P 11+ 21 +5 V 31 User Digital O/P 4+
2 RS232 RX 12 User Digital O/P 10- 22 User Digital I/P 3 32 User Digital O/P 4-
3 Ground 13 User Digital O/P 10+ 23 User Digital I/P 2 33 User Digital O/P 5+
4 Differential I/P 2+ 14 User Digital O/P 9- 24 User Digital I/P 1 34 User Digital O/P 5-
5 Differential I/P 2- 15 User Digital O/P 9+ 25 User Digital I/P 0 35 User Digital O/P 6+
6 Differential I/P 1- 16 User Digital O/P 8- 26 User Digital O/P 0 36 User Digital O/P 6-
7 Differential I/P 1+ 17 User Digital O/P 8+ 27 User Digital O/P 1 37 Ground
8 User Digital O/P 12- 18 User Digital O/P 7- 28 User Digital O/P 2 - -
9 User Digital O/P 12+ 19 User Digital O/P 7+ 29 User Digital O/P 3
10 User Digital O/P 11- 20 +5 V 30 Ground

USB

Type B USB Female

USB Connector

I/O

Female BNC Connector

I/O Connector

5 V TTL

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.

Software

Kinesis Version 1.14.47

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 3.21.6

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

Also Available:

  • Communications Protocol
Software Download

The APT video tutorials available here fall into two main groups - one group covers using the supplied APT utilities and the second group covers programming the APT System using a selection of different programming environments.

Disclaimer: The videos below were originally produced in Adobe Flash. Following the discontinuation of Flash after 2020, these tutorials were re-recorded for future use. The Flash Player controls still appear in the bottom of each video, but they are not functional.

Every APT controller is supplied with the utilities APTUser and APTConfig. APTUser provides a quick and easy way of interacting with the APT control hardware using intuitive graphical control panels. APTConfig is an 'off-line' utility that allows various system wide settings to be made such as pre-selecting mechanical stage types and associating them with specific motion controllers.

APT User Utility

The first video below gives an overview of using the APTUser Utility. The OptoDriver single channel controller products can be operated via their front panel controls in the absence of a control PC. The stored settings relating to the operation of these front panel controls can be changed using the APTUser utility. The second video illustrates this process.

APT User - Overview
APT User - OptoDriver Settings


APT Config Utility

There are various APT system-wide settings that can be made using the APT Config utility, including setting up a simulated hardware configuration and associating mechanical stages with specific motor drive channels. The first video presents a brief overview of the APT Config application. More details on creating a simulated hardware configuration and making stage associations are present in the next two videos.

APT Config - Overview
APT Config - Simulator Setup
APT Config - Stage Association


APT Programming

The APT Software System is implemented as a collection of ActiveX Controls. ActiveX Controls are language-independant software modules that provide both a graphical user interface and a programming interface. There is an ActiveX Control type for each type of hardware unit, e.g. a Motor ActiveX Control covers operation with any type of APT motor controller (DC or stepper). Many Windows software development environments and languages directly support ActiveX Controls, and, once such a Control is embedded into a custom application, all of the functionality it contains is immediately available to the application for automated operation. The videos below illustrate the basics of using the APT ActiveX Controls with LabVIEW, Visual Basic, and Visual C++. Note that many other languages support ActiveX including LabWindows CVI, C++ Builder, VB.NET, C#.NET, Office VBA, Matlab, HPVEE etc. Although these environments are not covered specifically by the tutorial videos, many of the ideas shown will still be relevant to using these other languages.

Visual Basic

Part 1 illustrates how to get an APT ActiveX Control running within Visual Basic, and Part 2 goes on to show how to program a custom positioning sequence.

APT Programming Using Visual Basic - Part 1
APT Programming Using Visual Basic - Part 2


LabVIEW

Full Active support is provided by LabVIEW and the series of tutorial videos below illustrate the basic building blocks in creating a custom APT motion control sequence. We start by showing how to call up the Thorlabs-supplied online help during software development. Part 2 illustrates how to create an APT ActiveX Control. ActiveX Controls provide both Methods (i.e. Functions) and Properties (i.e. Value Settings). Parts 3 and 4 show how to create and wire up both the methods and properties exposed by an ActiveX Control. Finally, in Part 5, we pull everything together and show a completed LabVIEW example program that demonstrates a custom move sequence.

APT Programming Using LabVIEW -
Part 1: Accessing Online Help
APT Programming Using LabVIEW -
Part 2: Creating an ActiveX Control
APT Programming Using LabVIEW -
Part 3: Create an ActiveX Method
APT Programming Using LabVIEW -
Part 4: Create an ActiveX Property
APT Programming Using LabVIEW -
Part 5: How to Start an ActiveX Control


The following tutorial videos illustrate alternative ways of creating Method and Property nodes:

APT Programming Using LabVIEW -
Create an ActiveX Method (Alternative)
APT Programming Using LabVIEW -
Create an ActiveX Property (Alternative)


Visual C++

Part 1 illustrates how to get an APT ActiveX Control running within Visual C++, and Part 2 goes on to show how to program a custom positioning sequence.

APT Programming with Visual C++ - Part 1
APT Programming with Visual C++ - Part 2


MATLAB

For assistance when using MATLAB and ActiveX controls with the Thorlabs APT positioners, click here.

To further assist programmers, a guide to programming the APT software in LabVIEW is also available here.


Posted Comments:
Vladislovas Cizas  (posted 2023-09-14 15:27:36.99)
The DDS300/M stage connected to BBD302 controller upon homing goes to home position, then returns to the middle and then goes back. In some setups this is very uncomfortable. Is there any way to disable this? (everything up to direct hex command would be perfect).
Hai Tran  (posted 2022-11-15 14:22:56.393)
Hi, I am using Kinesys app with BBD302 controller to control DDS300 linear stage. Been having a hard time talking to it. The stage is not responding to homing. I am running Kinesys 64bit for Windows. Could this be the problem. Hai
JReeder  (posted 2022-11-23 09:15:09.0)
Thank you for your enquiry. In order to troubleshoot this issue, common things to check are the following: Is the channel enabled? Did the stage initialise/was a phase initialisation error received? Does this issue persist when using a different channel of the controller? What colour is the LED on the D-type connector (this indicates the status of the encoder)? What length USB cable are you using (3 m is the recommended maximum length)? I have reached out to you directly to help troubleshoot the issue.
Chris Timossi  (posted 2022-10-07 15:31:02.863)
We're using the DDS 300 in combination with the BBD201. I've measured the time it takes between starting the motion with the 'input trigger' and the actual start of the motion as indicated by the 'output trigger' (these trigger signals are from the Rear Panel USER IO Connector). I setup a relative motion (2mm) on low-to-high transition of the input trigger. I setup the output trigger to low-to-high on 'in motion'. The time I see between the trigger-in and trigger-out signals varies between 25 and 50ms. Can this variation be improved? Is the BBD301 any better?
DJayasuriya  (posted 2022-10-10 10:10:38.0)
Thank you for your inquiry, We have got in touch with you directly to resolve your issue.
andrea mura  (posted 2022-05-26 08:01:00.49)
Dear Sirs can these translation stage be controled by means of rs232, GPIB communication protocol ? Thanks a lot for your replay. Regards Andrea Mura
DJayasuriya  (posted 2022-05-27 08:16:53.0)
Thank you for your inquiry. Internally the devices use the RS232 communication standard, and the BBD does have exposed RS232 RX and TX pins on the AUX I/O pinout. If connected over USB, then the FTDI chip receives USB commands from the PC, and "translates" them into serial commands on the internal RX/TX headers. We have also got in touch with you directly.
Andrey Kuznetsov  (posted 2021-05-26 17:59:26.973)
Does it work on MacOS?
DJayasuriya  (posted 2021-05-27 08:07:03.0)
Thank you for your feed back. Unfortunately we do not currently support MacOS for APT or Kinesis. However with a Mac using boot camp you would be able to run windows.
DJayasuriya  (posted 2021-05-27 08:07:03.0)
Thank you for your feed back. Unfortunately we do not currently support MacOS for APT or Kinesis. However with a Mac using boot camp you would be able to run windows.
user  (posted 2019-04-12 03:26:47.54)
Hello! Does 300 mm of travel mean that if something were mounted on the center of this stage, it could travel up to 300 mm? Or is that the distance from one end of the path to the other? In other words, does the 300 mm of travel take into account the size of the stage that is moving?
rmiron  (posted 2019-04-12 06:14:10.0)
Response from Radu at Thorlabs: 300 mm is the full travel range of the stage, from one end to the other. More specifically, it is the distance between the two end limit switches. Anything mounted on DDS300(/M) can move by 300 mm. The total length of the stage is 500 mm, as is shown in the CAD drawings posted under "Docs", on the main tab. I hope this answers your question.
gert  (posted 2017-06-27 15:43:42.607)
Hi, We want to operate a DDS300-E at a constant velocity in the range of 1 to 10 mm/s. Would it be possible to give us a spec or estimate for the stability of the velocity that can be achieved with this stage? Thank you, Gert
awebber-date  (posted 2017-07-03 10:36:45.0)
Response from Alex at Thorlabs: When trying to run servo motors at these extremely low velocities there will be some fluctuations in the speed of the stage. We evaluated a DDS220's performance at various set speeds using interferometer when carrying a load of 500g and after 5 million cycles of soak testing,typical velocity fluctuations were ±0.5mm at 10mm/s and ±0.3mm at 1mm/s (with a background noise of 0.006mm/s when stationary).
sipos  (posted 2015-09-25 18:06:31.23)
Dera Sir/Madam, Can this translator be mounted vertically? In this case what is the maximum torque load? GHow does this effect the Pitch/yaw specs? Best regards Áron SIPOS
rcapehorn  (posted 2015-09-30 09:40:29.0)
Response from Rob at Thorlabs: Unfortunately our brushless stages are not designed to be run vertically. The main problem is that when the stage is powered down there is nothing to hold the moving world in place, so it will drop back to the home position, which could result in damage to the stage. If you need to use a stage in a vertical configuration then you would need to use something with a lead screw such as the LTS300/M, the main disadvantage with this type of stage is that the maximum velocity will be much slower and also the positional resolution is not as good as with the DDS300/M stage as there is no encoder in the LTS300/M but this it the longest vertical travel stage that Thorlabs can currently offer.

Motorized Linear Translation Stages

Thorlabs' motorized linear translation stages are offered in a range of maximum travel distances, from a stage with 20 µm of piezo translation to our 600 mm direct drive stage. Many of these stages can be assembled 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 motorized translation stages. In addition to motorized linear translation stages, we offer motorized rotation stages and goniometers. We also offer manual translation stages.

Piezo Stages

These stages incorporate piezoelectric elements in a variety of drive mechanisms. ORIC® stages incorporate piezo inertia drives that use "stick-slip" friction properties to obtain extended travel ranges. Our Nanoflex™ translation stages use standard piezo chips along with manual actuators. Elliptec® stages use resonant piezo motors to push and pull the moving platform through resonant elliptical motion. Our LPS710E z-axis stage features a mechanically amplified piezo design and includes a matched controller.

Piezoelectric Stages
Product Family ORIC®
PD2 Open-Loop
5 mm Stage
ORIC®
PDX2 Closed-Loop
5 mm Stage
ORIC®
PD1 Open-Loop
20 mm Stage
ORIC®
PD1D Open-Loop
20 mm
Monolithic XY Stage
ORIC®
PDX1 Closed-Loop
20 mm Stage
ORIC®
PD3 Open-Loop
50 mm Stage
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to Enlarge
Travel 5 mm 20 mm 50 mm
Maximum Velocity 10 mm/sa 8 mm/s (Typ.)b 3 mm/sc 20 mm/sb 10 mm/sa
Drive Type Piezoelectric Inertia Drive
Possible Axis Configurations X, XY, XYZ X, XY, XYZ XY, XYZ X, XY, XYZ X, XY, XYZ
Mounting
Surface Size
13 mm x 13 mm 30 mm x 30 mm 80 mm x 30 mm
Additional Details
  • Specified using PDXC and PDXC2 Benchtop Controllers. For performance when controlled with a KIM001 or KIM101 K-Cube Controller, see the Specs tab of the PD2 or PD3 stage presentation.
  • Specified using PDXC and PDXC2 Benchtop Controllers.
  • Specified using KIM101 K-Cube Controller.
Piezoelectric Stages
Product Family Nanoflex™
20 µm Stage
with 5 mm Actuator
Nanoflex™
25 µm Stage
with 1.5 mm Actuator
Elliptec® 28 mm Stage Elliptec® 60 mm Stage LPS710E 1.1 mm Vertical Stage
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to Enlarge
Travel 20 µm + 5 mm Manual 25 µm + 1.5 mm Manual 28 mm 60.0 mm 1.1 mm
Maximum Velocity - 180 mm/s 90 mm/s -
Drive Type Piezo with Manual Actuator Resonant Piezoelectric Motor Amplified Piezo
Possible Axis Configurations X, XY, XYZ X Z
Mounting Surface Size 75 mm x 75 mm 30 mm x 30 mm 15 mm x 15 mm 21 mm x 21 mm
Additional Details

Stepper Motor Stages

These translation stages feature removable or integrated stepper motors and long travel ranges up to 300 mm. Many of these stages either have integrated multi-axis capability (PLSXY) or can be assembled into multi-axis configurations (PLSX, LNR Series, NRT Series, and LTS Series stages). The MLJ150 stage also offers high load capacity vertical translation.

Stepper Motor Stages
Product Family PLSX with and without PLST(/M) Top Plate
1" Stage
PLSXY with and without PLST(/M) Top Plate
1" Stage
LNR Series
25 mm Stage
LNR Series
50 mm Stage
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to Enlarge
Travel 1" 25 mm 50 mm
Maximum Velocity 7.0 mm/s 2.0 mm/s 50 mm/s
Possible Axis
Configurations
X, XY X, XY, XYZ X, XY, XYZ
Mounting
Surface Size
3" x 3" 60 mm x 60 mm 100 mm x 100 mm
Additional Details

Stepper Motor Stages
Product Family NRT Series
100 mm Stage
NRT Series
150 mm Stage
LTS Series
150 mm Stage
LTS Series
300 mm Stage
MLJ250
50 mm Vertical Stage
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to Enlarge
Travel 100 mm 150 mm 150 mm 300 mm 50 mm
Maximum Velocity 30 mm/s 50 mm/s 3.0 mm/s
Possible Axis
Configurations
X, XY, XYZ X, XY, XYZ Z
Mounting
Surface Size
84 mm x 84 mm 100 mm x 90 mm 148 mm x 131 mm
Additional Details

DC Servo Motor Stages

Thorlabs offers linear translation stages with removable or integrated DC servo motors. These stages feature low profiles and many can be assembled in multi-axis configurations.

DC Servo Motor Stages
Product Family MT Series
12 mm Stages
PT Series
25 mm Stages
MTS Series
25 mm Stage
MTS Series
50 mm Stage
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to Enlarge
Travel 12 mm 25 mm 25 mm 50 mm
Maximum Velocity 2.6 mm/s 2.4 mm/s
Possible Axis Configurations X, XY, XYZ X, XY, XYZ
Mounting
Surface Size
61 mm x 61 mm 101.6 mm x 76.2 mm 43 mm x 43 mm
Additional Details
DC Servo Motor Stages
Product Family M30 Series
30 mm Stage
M30 Series
30 mm Monolithic
XY Stage
M150 Series
150 mm XY Stage
KVS30
30 mm Vertical Stage
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to Enlarge
Travel 30 mm 150 mm 30 mm
Maximum Velocity 2.4 mm/s X-Axis: 170 mm/s
Y-Axis: 230 mm/s
8.0 mm/s
Possible Axis Configurations X, Z XY, XZ XY Z
Mounting
Surface Size
115 mm x 115 mm 272.4 mm x 272.4 mm  116.2 mm x 116.2 mm
Additional Details

Direct Drive Stages

These low-profile stages feature integrated brushless DC servo motors for high speed translation with zero backlash. When no power is applied, the platforms of these stages have very little inertia and are virtually free running. Hence these stages may not be suitable for applications where the stage's platform needs to remain in a set position when the power is off. We do not recommend mounting these stages vertically.

Direct Drive Stages
Product Family DDS Series
50 mm Stage
DDS Series
100 mm Stage
DDS Series
220 mm Stage
DDS Series
300 mm Stage
DDS Series
600 mm Stage
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Travel 50 mm 100 mm 220 mm 300 mm 600 mm
Maximum Velocity 500 mm/s 300 mm/s 400 mm/s 400 mm/s
Possible Axis Configurations X, XY X, XY X X
Mounting Surface Size 60 mm x 52 mm 88 mm x 88 mm 120 mm x 120 mm
Additional Details

300 mm Linear Translation Stage, Servo Motor

Characterized by high-speed translation and high positional accuracy, the DDS300(/M) stage is well-suited for surface mapping and characterization applications where there is a need to move a camera or probe at constant velocity while simultaneously capturing data. Very precise, fine positioning and control can be achieved with the associated MJC2 or MJC3 joystick option (available below)

Notes:
This stage is not suitable for operation in a vertical (Z-axis) orientation. Additionally, when no power is applied, the mounting platform has very little inertia and is virtually free running. This may make the stage unsuitable for applications where the stage's platform needs to remain in a set position when power is off.

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DDS300 Support Documentation
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Benchtop Brushless DC Motor Controllers

We recommend using our BBD Series Brushless DC Servo Motor Controllers with the stages above, selecting the controller with the required number of channels. If using a standalone stage, the BBD301 can be used; if also using a MJC2 joystick, the BBD302 is recommended. The BBD303 3-Channel Controller can be used for applications requiring additional accessories; all three channels can be controlled via the MJC3 joystick.

With a user-configurable, S-curve acceleration/deceleration profile that enables fast, smooth positioning without vibration or shock, these controllers are ideal for motion control applications demanding operation at high speeds (hundreds of mm/s) and high encoder resolution. Incorporating the latest digital and analog techniques as well as high-bandwidth, high-power servo control circuitry, each BBD series controller is designed to drive brushless DC servo motor products with continuous output currents of up to 2.5 A (Item # BBD301) or 5 A (Item #s BBD302 and BBD303).

These DC servo controllers are supported by Thorlabs' Kinesis® and APT control and programming interfaces, enabling easy integration into automated motion control applications. For greater flexibility, both a USB and RS232 computer interface is provided, and automated PC control of the stage is supported with the supplied software development kit (SDK). The fully documented SDK supports all major development languages running on Windows and comes in the form of ActiveX libraries or a conventional dynamic link library (DLL).

USB connectivity provides easy plug-and-play PC operation. Multiple units can be connected to a single PC via standard USB hub technology for multi-axis motion control applications. Combining this feature with our user-friendly software allows the user to program and carry out complex move sequences in a short space of time. For more information, please see the full Brushless DC Servo Motor Controller presentation.

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BBD301 Support Documentation
BBD301Customer Inspired! 1-Channel Benchtop 3-Phase Brushless DC Servo Controller
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BBD302 Support Documentation
BBD302Customer Inspired! 2-Channel Benchtop 3-Phase Brushless DC Servo Controller
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BBD303Customer Inspired! 3-Channel Benchtop 3-Phase Brushless DC Servo Controller
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2-Axis and 3-Axis Joysticks

  • High-Reliability Joysticks Utilizing USB HID Protocol
  • 2-Axis or 3-Axis Control Via a Joystick Knob
  • Two Different Modes for Fast or High Precision Moves
  • Speed Dial for Sensitivity Adjustment
  • Allows Remote Manual Control
  • Can be Reprogrammed using a PC
  • Ergonomic Design

The MJC2 and MJC3 Joysticks have been designed for microscope users and provide intuitive, tactile, manual positioning of a stage. The joysticks feature a two-axis joystick knob for XY control or a three-axis joystick knob for XYZ control, respectively. Both joystick knobs can be moved left or right and up or down, with the MJC3 joystick knob also twisting clockwise or counterclockwise for third axis control. A push button to switch between fast or high-precision movement and a speed dial to fine tune speed control are also integrated into the joysticks. In most applications, the default parameter settings saved within the controller allow the joystick to be used out-of-the-box with no need for further setup. This operation mode eliminates the need for connection to a host PC and allows for true remote operation. Parameter settings can also be reprogrammed and saved to a paired controller using a PC, allowing the controller to be disconnected from the computer and remote operation continued.

The MJC2 and MJC3 Joysticks are compatible with our Benchtop Brushless DC Servo Controllers, Rack-Mounted Brushless DC Servo Controller, Rack-Mounted Brushless DC Servo Controller Module, and Stepper Motor Controllers. The joysticks have both a Mini-DIN and a USB Type-C port and are each shipped complete with two cables, a 6-pin Mini-DIN plug to plug cable and a USB 3.1 Type-A to Type-C cable, for use with these controllers as well as setups utilizing the USB HID class. For more information about configuring and setting up the joystick over USB HID, please see the manual by clicking on the red Docs icon (Docs Icon) below.

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MJC2 Support Documentation
MJC22-Axis USB HID Joystick
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MJC3 Support Documentation
MJC33-Axis USB HID Joystick
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Optical Height Adapter


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The deck height of the DDS300 Stage is matched to the MAX311D 3-Axis Stage using the DDSA04 Riser Plate.
  • Height Adapter to Match the 62.5 mm Deck Height on Our NanoMax300, MicroBlock, and RollerBlock Stages
  • Resulting Overall Optical Height: 75.0 mm (When Used with Thorlabs' Tongue and Groove Accessories)
  • Array of 48 Tapped Holes (16 of Each): 1/4"-20 (M6), 8-32 (M4), and 4-40 (M3)

The DDSA04 Optical Height Adapter is designed to raise the deck height of the DDS300(/M) stage to 62.5 mm, which is the same as our NanoMax 300, MicroBlock, and RollerBlock stages. This allows our range of tongue and groove optical accessories to be used with the DDS300(/M) stage and gives an optical axis height of 75.0 mm. The plate is fixed to the moving platform of the stage using four 1/4"-20 x 3/8" (M6 x 10 mm) cap screws (not supplied).

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DDSA04 Support Documentation
DDSA04Optical Height Adapter for DDS600 Stage, Imperial Taps
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DDSA04/M Support Documentation
DDSA04/MOptical Height Adapter for DDS600 Stage, Metric Taps
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