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5-Axis Stage Kits, 112.5 mm Deck Height


  • Five Degrees of Freedom: Three Translation and Two Rotation
  • Ideal for Orienting Components with Respect to an
    Alignment Stage
  • High-Precision Differential Drives

MBT402D and MBT501

5-Axis System

MBT401D and MBT501

5-Axis System

±5° of Pitch and Yaw Rotation

13 mm of Horizontal and Axial Translation

6 mm of Vertical Translation

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Common Specificationsa
Travel Horizontal (Y) 13 mm (0.51")
Vertical (Z) 6 mm (0.24")
Optical Axis (X) 13 mm (0.51")
Pitch, Yaw (θy, θz) ±5° (±87.5 mrad)
Deck Height (Nominal) 112.5 mm (4.43")
Optical Axis Height (Nominal) 125 mm (4.92")
Load Capacity (Max) 500 g (1.1 lbs)
  • Please see the Specs tab for complete specifications.

Features

  • Two 4-Axis Base Models to Choose From:
    • Thin Profile MBT401D(/M) Rotates About the Optical Axis
    • Low Profile MBT402D(/M) Provides Maximum Space for Accessories
  • Additional Translation Axis Stage for Construction of 5-Axis Systems
  • High-Resolution Differential Micrometer Drives
  • Grooved Top Plate Ensures Alignment of Multi-Axis Stage Accessories

5-Axis Stages can be constructed from Thorlabs' 4-Axis MicroBlock™ Stages and the MBT501 Additional Translation Axis Stage. These systems are well suited for applications that require an optical element or assembly to be held at a fixed position in front of a high performance multi-axis alignment system, such as our 6-Axis NanoMax Stages. The five degrees of freedom that these systems offer allow the fixed portion of the optical assembly to be positioned such that it has the proper orientation with respect to another stage.


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A 5-Axis System Based on an MBT401D(/M) Multi-Axis Stage Provides Rotation About the Optical Axis and Two 6-32 (M3 x 0.5) Tapped Mounting Holes for Accessories

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A 5-Axis System Based on an MBT402D(/M) Multi-Axis Stage Provides a Lower Profile and Fourteen 6-32 (M3 x 0.5) Tapped Mounting Holes for Accessories 

A 5-axis system based on the thin-profile MBT401D(/M) Stage is recommended for applications in which rotation about a point on the optical axis is desired; this option provides two 6-32 (M3 x 0.5) tapped holes for mounting multi-axis stage accessories. By comparison, a 5-axis system based on the low-profile MBT402D(/M) MicroBlock Stage offers fourteen 6-32 (M3 x 0.5) tapped mounting holes and a larger top plate, but it does not pivot about any point on the system's optical axis. This system has a compact 5.70" (195.6 mm) height and accessibility from three of the four sides, maximizing the free space available for additional equipment that your system may require.

4-Axis Stages
Thorlabs' 4-axis MicroBlock stages are the basis for the 5-axis systems. They provide the four adjustments, two translation and two rotation, required to align two optic axes. These four independent degrees of freedom provide 13 mm of horizontal translation, 6 mm of vertical translation, and 10° of pitch and yaw adjustment. The longer range of the fine ball bearing horizontal adjustment allows for motion across the full width of a waveguide device. The vertical and rotation adjustments are based on a flexure design for precise, smooth, continuous motion with negligible friction and no backlash.

Additional Translation Axis
The MBT501 Additional Translation Axis Stage provides a third translational degree of freedom to our MBT401D(/M) or MBT402D(/M) 4-axis stages. This extra translation axis is orthogonal to the two translational adjustments allowed by the stock 4-axis stages and allows for precise positioning of components along the system's optical axis. The additional degree of freedom provides 13 mm (0.51") of ball bearing travel that is actuated with a differential drive. The addition of the fifth axis increases the deck height of the surface to 112.5 mm and the height of the optical axis to 125 mm (4.92"), providing compatibility with our 6-axis NanoMax stages.

Precision Drives
Both the 4-axis stages and the additional translation axis provided by the MBT501 stage include precision differential micrometer adjusters equipped with large knobs for coarse and fine adjustment. The coarse adjustment provides travel at 500 µm per revolution, while the fine adjustment provides 300 µm of travel at nominally 50 µm per revolution.

Easy Alignment of Accessories
A wide range of accessories (shown below) is available to mount and align items such as microscope objectives, collimation packages, waveguides, and fiber to the top of the stage. The stage incorporates a central keyway that allows for rapid system reconfiguration while maintaining accessory alignment throughout the experiment.

Item # MBT401D(/M) MBT402D(/M)
Travel
(Coarse)
Horizontal Axis (Y)
13 mm Horizontal Axis (Y)
13 mm
Vertical Axis (Z) 6 mm Vertical Axis (Z) 6 mm
Pitch Axis (θy) ±5° Pitch Axis (θy) ±5°
Yaw Axis (θz) ±5° Yaw Axis (θz) ±5°
Travel
(Differential)
Horizontal Axis
300 µm Horizontal Axis
300 µm
Vertical Axis 300 µm Vertical Axis 300 µm
Pitch Axis 30 arcmin Pitch Axis 12 arcmin
Yaw Axis 30 arcmin Yaw Axis 30 arcmin
Coarse Adjustment
500 µm/rev
Fine Adjustment
50 µm/rev
Deck Height 62.5 mm to the mounting surface of the moving platform.
The accessory beam height is 75 mm
measured from the bottom surface of the stage.
Nominal Outer Dimensions (L x W x H) 3.58" x 7.13" x 5.73"
(91.0 mm x181.1 mm x 145.5 mm)
5.23" x 6.37" x 3.73"
(132.9 mm x 161.9 mm x 94.7 mm)
Load Capacity 500 g (1.1 lbs) 500 g (1.1 lbs)
Weight 0.95 kg (2.1 lbs) 0.9 kg (2.0 lbs)
Item # MBT501
Travel
(Coarse)
Optical Axis (X)
13 mm
Travel
(Differential)
Optical Axis
300 µm
Coarse Adjustment
500 µm/rev
Fine Adjustment
50 µm/rev
Deck Height 112.5 mm to the mounting surface of the moving platform when attached to a stage with a 62.5 mm deck height.
The accessory beam height is 125 mm measured from the bottom surface of the stage.
Nominal Outer Dimensions (L x W x H) 5.72" x 3.54" x 1.97"
(145.3 mm x 90.0 mm x 50.1 mm)
Load Capacity 1.5 kg (3.3 lbs)
Weight 0.67 kg (1.47 lbs)

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Multi-Axis Stage Selection Guide


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In the above application, a 3-Axis NanoMax flexure stage is aligned in front of a 6-axis stage at the proper 112.5 mm deck height using an AMA554 Height Adapter.

3-Axis Stages
Thorlabs offers three different 3-Axis Stage variations: NanoMax flexure stages, MicroBlock compact flexure stages, and RollerBlock long-travel stages. Each stage features a 62.5 mm nominal deck height. Our NanoMax line of 3-axis stages offers built-in closed- and open-loop piezos as well as modular drive options that include stepper motors, differential drives, or additional piezos. The MicroBlock stages are available with differential micrometer drives or fine thread thumbscrews; these drives are not removable. Finally, our RollerBlock stage drivers can be switched out for any actuator that has a Ø3/8" (9.5 mm) mounting barrel.

4- and 5-Axis Stages
Our 4- and 5-axis stages are ideal for the static positioning of waveguides or complex optical elements with respect to our 3-axis or 6-axis high-performance alignment stages. Thorlabs' 5-axis stages have nominal heights of 62.5 mm or 112.5 mm. The AMA554 Height Adapter can be used to raise the deck height of the 3-axis or 4-axis stages to 112.5 mm for compatibility with our 5-axis MicroBlock or 6-Axis NanoMax Stages.

6-Axis Stages
Thorlabs' 6-Axis NanoMax Nanopositioners are ideal for complex, multi-axis positioning and have a nominal deck height of 112.5 mm. These stages offer a common point of rotation and a patented parallel flexure design that allows all actuators to be coupled directly to the base to minimize any unwanted motion in the system. Built-in closed- and open-loop piezo options are available. A selection of modular drive options allows any axis to be manual or motorized with the option for external piezos. Our units without included actuators are also available in right- or left-handed configurations. To increase the stage height of the 3-axis stages to 112.5 mm, we recommend our AMA554 Height Adapter, shown in the image to the right.

A complete selection and comparison of our multi-axis stages is available below.

 

3-Axis Stages

Item # MAX313D MAX312D MAX311D MAX383 MAX381 MAX303 MAX302 MAX301 MBT602 MBT616D RB13M RBL13D
Stage Type NanoMax Flexure Stages MicroBlock Compact
Flexure Stages
RollerBlock Long Travel Stages
Included Drives DRV3 Differential Micrometers DRV208 Stepper Motor Actuators N/A Fine Thread Thumbscrews Differential Micrometers 148-801ST
Micrometer Drives
DRV304
Differential Micrometers
Built-in Piezos N/A Open
Loop
Closed Loop N/A Closed Loop N/A Open Loop Closed Loop N/A N/A
Travel (X, Y, Z) 4 mm (0.16") 13 mm (0.51")
Deck Height (Nominal) 62.5 mm (2.46")
Optical Axis Height (Nominal) 75 mm (2.95")
Load Capacity (Max) 1 kg (2.2 lbs) 4.4 kg (9.7 lbs)
Thermal Stability 1 µm/°C -
Weight 1.00 kg (2.20 lbs) 0.64 kg (1.40 lbs) 0.59 kg (1.30 lbs)

4-Axis Stages

Item # MBT401D
MBT401D/M
MBT402D
MBT402D/M
Stage Type 4-Axis Thin-Profile MicroBlock Device Stage 4-Axis Low-Profile MicroBlock Device Stage
Included Drives Differential Micrometers
Built-in Piezos N/A
Travel Horizontal Axis (Y)a 13 mm (0.51")
Vertical Axis (Z) 6 mm (0.24")
Pitch (θy) ±5°
Yaw (θz) ±5°
Deck Height (Nominal) 62.5 mm (2.46")
Optical Axis Height (Nominal) 75 mm (2.95")
Load Capacity (Max) 0.5 kg (1.1 lbs)
  • Perpendicular to the Optical Axis (X)

5-Axis Stages

Item # MBT401D (MBT401D/M) or
MBT402D (MBT402D/M) with
MBT501
PY005
Stage Type 5-Axis MicroBlock Stage System Compact 5-Axis Stage
Included Drives Differential Micrometers 100 TPI Actuators
Built-in Piezos N/A
Travel Optical Axis (X) 13 mm (0.51") 3 mm (0.12")
Horizontal Axis (Y) 13 mm (0.51") 3 mm (0.12")
Vertical Axis (Z) 6 mm (0.24") 3 mm (0.12")
Pitch (θy) ±5° ±3.5°
Yaw (θz) ±5° ±5°
Deck Height (Nominal) 112.5 mm (4.43") 62.5 mm (2.46")a
Optical Axis Height (Nominal) 125 mm (4.92") 75 mm (2.95")a
Load Capacity (Max) 0.5 kg (1.1 lbs) 0.23 kg (0.5 lbs)
  • Nominal deck height of 62.5 mm and optical axis height of 75 mm can only be achieved using the PY005A2 Height Adapter and MMP1 Mounting Plate.

6-Axis Stages

Item # MAX601D
MAX601D/M
MAX602D
MAX602D/M
MAX603D
MAX603D/M
MAX681
MAX681/M
MAX682
MAX682/M
MAX683
MAX683/M
MAX607
MAX607/M
MAX607La
MAX607L/Ma
MAX608
MAX608/M
MAX608La
MAX608L/Ma
MAX609
MAX609/M
MAX609La
MAX609L/Ma
Stage Type 6-Axis NanoMax Flexure Stage
Included Drives DRV3 Differential Micrometers DRV208 Stepper Motor Actuators N/A
Built-in Piezos N/A Open Loop Closed Loop N/A Open Loop Closed Loop N/A Open Loop Closed Loop
Travel X, Y, Z 4 mm (0.16")
θx, θy, θz
Deck Height (Nominal) 112.5 mm (4.43")
Optical Axis Height (Nominal) 125 mm (4.92")
Load Capacity (Max) 1.0 kg (2.2 lbs)
  • Left-Handed Version

5-Axis Stage Kit, 112.5 mm Deck Height, Imperial


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5-Axis Stage Constructed from MBT401D and MBT501 Stages
  • Rotation About a Point on the System's Optical Axis
  • Two 6-32 Mounting Holes for Multi-Axis Stage Accessories
  • Differential Micrometer Drives for Manual Adjustments
  • Deck Height of 112.5 mm for Compatibility with 6-Axis Stages
  • Horizontal, Axial, and Vertical Translation
    • Horizontal and Optical Axis Travel: 13 mm of Ball Bearing Motion
    • Vertical Travel: 6 mm of Flexure Motion
  • ±5° of Pitch and Yaw Flexure Motion

This stage kit, which is based on the 4-axis MBT401D stage, provides five degrees of freedom: three translation and two rotation. Rotation is provided about a point on the system's optical axis. The stage includes a top surface with two 6-32 tapped holes for mounting multi-axis stage accessories. The 112.5 mm deck height of the construction is compatible with our 6-axis NanoMax stages. Two AMA010 mounting cleats are included with the kit.

To order the complete 5-Axis Stage in the recommended quantities, please click the "Add Kit" button at the bottom of the Ordering Area. If you wish to remove an item from the kit (for example, if you already own the component), simply change the value in the "Qty" box to 0. Quantities of a given item may also be increased. Once you have adjusted the quantities, press the "Add Kit" button to upload all of the requested products to your shopping cart at once.

Based on your currency / country selection, your order will ship from Newton, New Jersey  
+1 Qty Docs Part Number - Universal Price Available
MBT501 Support Documentation
MBT501Additional Translation Axis for 4-Axis MicroBlock™ Stages
$1,035.30
Today
+1 Qty Docs Part Number - Imperial Price Available
MBT401D Support Documentation
MBT401DMicroBlock™ 4-Axis Waveguide Manipulator with Differential Drives, 6-32 Taps
$1,919.64
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5-Axis Stage Kit, 112.5 mm Deck Height, Metric


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5-Axis Stage Constructed from MBT401D/M and MBT501 Stages
  • Rotation About a Point on the System's Optical Axis
  • Two M3 x 0.5 Mounting Holes for Multi-Axis Stage Accessories
  • Differential Micrometer Drives for Manual Adjustments
  • Deck Height of 112.5 mm for Compatibility with 6-Axis Stages
  • Horizontal, Axial, and Vertical Translation
    • Horizontal and Optical Axis Travel: 13 mm of Ball Bearing Motion
    • Vertical Travel: 6 mm of Flexure Motion
  • ±5° of Pitch and Yaw Flexure Motion

This stage kit, which is based on the 4-axis MBT401D/M stage, provides five degrees of freedom: three translation and two rotation. Rotation is provided about a point on the system's optical axis. The composite stage includes a top surface with two M3 x 0.5 tapped holes for mounting multi-axis stage accessories. The 112.5 mm deck height of the construction is compatible with our 6-axis NanoMax stages. Two AMA010/M mounting cleats are included with the kit.

To order the complete 5-Axis Stage in the recommended quantities, please click the "Add Kit" button at the bottom of the Ordering Area. If you wish to remove an item from the kit (for example, if you already own the component), simply change the value in the "Qty" box to 0. Quantities of a given item may also be increased. Once you have adjusted the quantities, press the "Add Kit" button to upload all of the requested products to your shopping cart at once.

Based on your currency / country selection, your order will ship from Newton, New Jersey  
+1 Qty Docs Part Number - Universal Price Available
MBT501 Support Documentation
MBT501Additional Translation Axis for 4-Axis MicroBlock™ Stages
$1,035.30
Today
+1 Qty Docs Part Number - Metric Price Available
MBT401D/M Support Documentation
MBT401D/MMicroBlock™ 4-Axis Waveguide Manipulator with Differential Drives, M3 Taps
$1,922.70
Today

5-Axis Stage Kit, Low Profile, 112.5 mm Deck Height, Imperial


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5-Axis Stage Constructed from MBT402D and MBT501 Stages
  • Compact, Low-Profile Adjusters for Maximum Clearance and Easy Access to the Mounting Surface
  • Fourteen 6-32 Mounting Holes for Multi-Axis Stage Accessories
  • Differential Micrometer Drives for Manual Adjustments
  • Deck Height of 112.5 mm for Compatibility with 6-Axis Stages
  • Horizontal, Axial, and Vertical Translation
    • Horizontal and Optical Axis Travel: 13 mm of Ball Bearing Motion
    • Vertical Travel: 6 mm of Flexure Motion
  • ±5° of Pitch and Yaw Flexure Motion

This stage kit, which is based on the 4-axis MBT402D stage, provides five degrees of freedom: three translation and two rotation. It provides a large surface for multi-axis stage accessories and offers fourteen 6-32 tapped mounting holes. The system has low-profile adjusters for height-limited applications but does not rotate about any point on the optical axis. The 112.5 mm deck height of the construction is compatible with our 6-axis NanoMax stages. Two AMA010 mounting cleats are included with this kit.

To order the complete 5-Axis Stage in the recommended quantities, please click the "Add Kit" button at the bottom of the Ordering Area. If you wish to remove an item from the kit (for example, if you already own the component), simply change the value in the "Qty" box to 0. Quantities of a given item may also be increased. Once you have adjusted the quantities, press the "Add Kit" button to upload all of the requested products to your shopping cart at once.

Based on your currency / country selection, your order will ship from Newton, New Jersey  
+1 Qty Docs Part Number - Universal Price Available
MBT501 Support Documentation
MBT501Additional Translation Axis for 4-Axis MicroBlock™ Stages
$1,035.30
Today
+1 Qty Docs Part Number - Imperial Price Available
MBT402D Support Documentation
MBT402DMicroBlock™ 4-Axis Low Profile Waveguide Manipulator with Differential Drives, 6-32 Taps
$2,080.80
Today

5-Axis Stage Kit, Low Profile, 112.5 mm Deck Height, Metric


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5-Axis Stage Constructed from MBT402D/M and MBT501 Stages
  • Compact, Low-Profile Adjusters for Maximum Clearance and Easy Access to the Mounting Surface
  • Fourteen M3 x 0.5 Mounting Holes for Multi-Axis Stage Accessories
  • Differential Micrometer Drives for Manual Adjustments
  • Deck Height of 112.5 mm for Compatibility with 6-Axis Stages
  • Horizontal, Axial, and Vertical Translation
    • Horizontal and Optical Axis Travel: 13 mm of Ball Bearing Motion
    • Vertical Travel: 6 mm of Flexure Motion
  • ±5° of Pitch and Yaw Flexure Motion

This stage kit, which is based on the 4-axis MBT402D/M stage, provides five degrees of freedom: three translation and two rotation. It provides a large surface for multi-axis stage accessories and offers fourteen M3 x 0.5 tapped mounting holes. The system has low-profile adjusters for height-limited applications but does not rotate about any point on the optical axis. The 112.5 mm deck height of the construction is compatible with our 6-axis NanoMax stages. Two AMA010/M mounting cleats are included with this kit.

To order the complete 5-Axis Stage in the recommended quantities, please click the "Add Kit" button at the bottom of the Ordering Area. If you wish to remove an item from the kit (for example, if you already own the component), simply change the value in the "Qty" box to 0. Quantities of a given item may also be increased. Once you have adjusted the quantities, press the "Add Kit" button to upload all of the requested products to your shopping cart at once.

Based on your currency / country selection, your order will ship from Newton, New Jersey  
+1 Qty Docs Part Number - Universal Price Available
MBT501 Support Documentation
MBT501Additional Translation Axis for 4-Axis MicroBlock™ Stages
$1,035.30
Today
+1 Qty Docs Part Number - Metric Price Available
MBT402D/M Support Documentation
MBT402D/MMicroBlock™ 4-Axis Low Profile Waveguide Manipulator with Differential Drives, M3 Taps
$2,080.80
Today
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