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  • XY motion: 25mm
  • Optional encoders: 50 nm resolution
  • Fits inverted microscopes, custom available
  • Proprietary intelligent control for stability
  • High native precision & accuracy
  • Nanopositioner compatible
Typical Applications
  • Complex, programmed motion control
  • Optical microscopy
  • Automation
motorized micropositioning stage, shown with three inch slide holder, coverslip holder, and sliding breadboards. Fits Nikon Ti and TE2000, Olympus IX, Leica, and Zeiss inverted microscopes.

Product Description

The MicroStage is a precision, stepper motor driven, micropositioning system for inverted optical microscopes or customized for special mounting requirements. Long range (25 mm) linear positioning is provided in two axes (XY) with high resolution and excellent repeatability. Employing our proprietary intelligent control scheme results in exceptional stability with high native precision, making our MicroStages the ideal choice for demanding microscopy and nanoscopy. Optional high resolution (50nm) linear encoders provide real-time feedback of the actual stage position. The included MicroDrive™ controller connects to a PC via a standard USB port and can be controlled via the supplied LabVIEW based software. Complex motion profiles can be programmed and sophisticated control parameters such as automatic acceleration and deceleration is employed to achieve high stability and native accuracy.Optional wireless gamepad control is also available. MicroStages are offered for the following inverted microscopes: Olympus IX Series, Nikon TE/Ti Series, Leica DMI Series, and Zeiss Axiovert/Axio Observer Series. MicroStages designed to fit other experimental setups, including direct mounting to optical tables, are also available.

For applications that do not require automation, we offer several precision manual micrometer stages: the Manual MicroStage Series with 25mm XY travel for inverted microscopes, the Manual MicroStage-LT Series with up to 50mm XY travel and a design that allows microscope objective nosepiece rotation on inverted microscopes, and the Manual MicroStage-BX with 25mm XY travel for Olympus upright BX microscopes, all of which are suitable for integration with Mad City Labs piezo nanopositioning systems.

Accessories are available for the MicroStage Series.

Compatible Software Packages:

Technical Specifications

Range of motion (X) 25 mm
Range of motion (Y)
25 mm
Encoder Resolution (encoders optional) 50 nm
Step Size 95 nm
Maximum Speed 2 mm/sec
Native Accuracy <1 μm
Native Repeatability <100 nm
Recommended max. load* 5 kg
Body Material Aluminum
Controller Micro-Drive™2
* Larger load requirements should be discussed with our engineering staff.

Available Options

Optical encoder (per axis), gamepad control, breadboard (metric or imperial), sample holders.

Micro-Drive3 controller for motorized microstage

MicroStage stability after two 150 micron motions.

Additional Information

MicroStage Series Drawing
drawing of motorized micropositioning stage for inverted microscopes

MicroStage Series Catalog Pages
catalog pages for motorized micropositioning stage for inverted microscopes


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