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3-Axis MicroBlock™ Compact Flexure Stages


  • 4 mm of Travel Per Axis
  • Differential or Thumbscrew Drives
  • Thermally Stable Design Minimizes Drift

MBT602

Compact Flexure Stage
Thumbscrew Drives

MBT616D

Compact Flexure Stage
Differential Micrometer Drives
Patent 6,186,016

RB13P1

Additional Top Plate for Off-Center and General Optics Mounting

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Common Specifications
Travel 4 mm
Travel Mechanism Parallel Flexure
Deck Height (Nominal) 62.5 mm (2.46")
Optical Axis Height (Nominal) 75 mm (2.95")
Load Capacitya (Max) 1 kg (2.2 lbs)
Crosstalk <20 µm/mm
Thermal Stability 1 µm/°C
Top Plate
Mounting

Holes
Imperial Plate
(Item # MMP1)
Metric Plate
(Item # MMP1/M)
  • For a Load Centered on the Top Plate.

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MMP1 Top Plate Replaced with the AMA003 Extended Top Plate

Features

  • 4 mm of X, Y, and Z Travel
  • Flexure Design Ensures Smooth Continuous Motion and Long-Term Stability
  • Compact Size: 77.5 mm x 74.0 mm (3.05" x 2.91") Not Including Drives
  • Grooved Top Plate Ensures Alignment of Multi-Axis Stage Accessories
  • All Adjusters Coupled to the Base to Minimize Crosstalk
  • Flexure Translation Prevents Friction Reducing Drift when Compared to Roller Bearing Design

Thorlabs' 3-axis MicroBlock™ Compact Flexure Stages are ideal for use in fiber launch systems or applications that require micron resolution. The parallel flexure design yields three orthogonal linear translation degrees of freedom without the severe limitations of stiction and friction that are found in traditional bearing-based stages. The use of nested flexure plates allows this stage to operate indefinitely without the need for any lubricant, which is one of the primary sources of drift within positioning devices. 

Each unit provides 4 mm (0.16") of X, Y , and Z travel with a maximum load capacity of 1 kg (2.2 lbs). The nominal deck height of the stage is 62.5 mm (2.46"), which matches that of our 3-Axis MicroBlock compact flexure stages and RollerBlock long-travel stages. Adapter plates are available for mounting our NanoMax stages to a wide range of other Thorlabs long-travel linear stages.


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HCS013 Objective Mount and HFF001 Quick-Release Fiber Clamp Accessories Attached to the Top Plate and AMA009 Bracket Using AMA010 Cleats for Fiber Launch Applications

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AMA554 Height Adapter can be Used to Raise the Deck Height to 112.5 mm, Matching Our 6-Axis NanoMax Stages

Precision Drives
The MBT616D stage includes compact differential adjusters that offer 50 µm travel per revolution over the 300 µm fine adjustment range, while the MBT602 includes thumbscrew adjusters with a 0.5 mm pitch. Unlike our 3-axis NanoMax™ and RollerBlock™ stages, these drives cannot be removed and replaced. 

Easy Alignment of Accessories
The top platform features four 4-40 (M2), sixteen 6-32 (M3), and nine 8-32 (M4) mounting holes with two 3 mm wide central keyways in the top platform for rapid system reconfiguration while maintaining accessory alignment (see image to the left). Click the blue info icon () in the table to the right for the mounting hole layout. 

The crossed pattern allows for changing the orientation of the stage for right- or left-handed use. A wide range of accessories is available to mount items such as microscope objectives, collimation packages, wave guides, fiber, and much more. If options are required for off-center mounting of components, the grooved top plate can be replaced with the RB13P1 adapter plate (sold at the bottom of this page), which has an array of 1/4"-20 (M6) and 8-32 (M4) mounting holes.

The MBT616D stage is also available preconfigured with a variety of fiber launch optomechanics.

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 platforms are ideal for the static positioning of waveguides or complex optical elements with respect to our 3- or 6-axis high-performance alignment stages. Thorlabs' 4- and 5-axis platforms have nominal heights of 62.5 mm and 112.5 mm, depending on the platform chosen, for compatibility with our 3- and 6-axis stages, respectively. 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.

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 #MAX313DMAX312DMAX311DMAX343MAX341MAX303MAX302MAX301MBT602MBT616DRB13MRBL13D
Stage Type NanoMax Flexure Stages MicroBlock Compact
Flexure Stages
RollerBlock Long Travel Stages
Included Drives DRV3 Differential Micrometers DRV001 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
NBM413
Stage Type 4-Axis Thin-Profile MicroBlock Device Platform 4-Axis Low-Profile MicroBlock Device Platform 4-Axis NanoBlock Device Platform
Included Drives Differential Micrometers 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° ±4°
Yaw (θz) ±5° ±4°
Deck Height (Nominal) 62.5 mm (2.46") 112.5 mm (4.43")
Optical Axis Height (Nominal) 75 mm (2.95") 125 mm (4.92")
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
NBM513PY005
Stage Type 5-Axis MicroBlock Device Platform System 5-Axis NanoBlock Device Platform Compact 5-Axis Platform
Included Drives Differential Micrometers Differential Micrometers 100 TPI Actuators
Built-in Piezos N/A
Travel Optical Axis (X) 13 mm (0.51") 13 mm (0.51") 3 mm (0.12")
Horizontal Axis (Y) 13 mm (0.51") 13 mm (0.51") 3 mm (0.12")
Vertical Axis (Z) 6 mm (0.24") 6 mm (0.24") 3 mm (0.12")
Pitch (θy) ±5° ±4° ±3.5°
Yaw (θz) ±5° ±4° ±5°
Deck Height (Nominal) 112.5 mm (4.43") 112.5 mm (4.43") 62.5 mm (2.46")a
Optical Axis Height (Nominal) 125 mm (4.92") 125 mm (4.92") 75 mm (2.95")a
Load Capacity (Max) 0.5 kg (1.1 lbs) 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
MAX604
MAX604/M
MAX605
MAX605/M
MAX606
MAX606/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 DRV001 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")
θxθyθz
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
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Part NumberProduct Description
MBT602 Support Documentation MBT602:3-Axis MicroBlock Compact Flexure Stage, Fine Thread Thumbscrew Drives, Imperial Taps
MBT602/M Support Documentation MBT602/M:3-Axis MicroBlock Compact Flexure Stage, Fine Thread Thumbscrew Drives, Metric Taps
MBT616D Support Documentation MBT616D:3-Axis MicroBlock Compact Flexure Stage, Differential Micrometers, Imperial Taps
MBT616D/M Support Documentation MBT616D/M:3-Axis MicroBlock Compact Flexure Stage, Differential Micrometers, Metric Taps
MMP1 Support Documentation MMP1:Replacement Mounting Plate for Flexure Stages
MMP1 Support Documentation MMP1:Replacement Mounting Plate for Flexure Stages
Part NumberProduct Description
MMP1/M Support Documentation MMP1/M:Replacement Mounting Plate for Flexure Stages, Metric
MMP1/M Support Documentation MMP1/M:Replacement Mounting Plate for Flexure Stages, Metric
RB13P1 Support Documentation RB13P1:Adapter Plate with 1/4"-20 and 8-32 Taps
RB13P1 Support Documentation RB13P1:Adapter Plate with 1/4"-20 and 8-32 Taps
RB13P1/M Support Documentation RB13P1/M:Adapter Plate with M6 and M4 Taps
RB13P1/M Support Documentation RB13P1/M:Adapter Plate with M6 and M4 Taps

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Poster:msoulby
Posted Date:2014-12-08 04:21:21.0
Response from Mike at Thorlabs: Apologies the MBT stage is a manual stage and cannot be automated. If you would like a 3 axis automated stage then pleas consider our MAX300 range, specifically the MAX343/M 3-Axis NanoMax with Stepper Motors, please visit http://www.thorlabs.com/newgrouppage9.cfm?objectgroup_id=2386 for more information. if you use this stage then our APT User program can be used to operate all of the axes of the stage and if you need to synchronise all three axes then a third party program such as Labview or Matlab can be used.
Poster:serjsmor
Posted Date:2014-12-08 04:02:11.393
And what if I want to move the stage in 3 axes : X,Y,Z ? What product I should use ?
Poster:msoulby
Posted Date:2014-12-08 03:45:26.0
Response from Mike at Thorlabs: Yes it is possible to program the stage, the most simply way would be to use the move sequencer in the APT User program, this is ideal if you only have 1 axis or stage to control and you can enter a series of moves that will be executed sequentially. Alternatively you can use a third party program such as Labview or Matlab we have contacted you directly with more information on using these applications with APT.
Poster:serjsmor
Posted Date:2014-12-06 09:23:59.863
Is it possible to program the stage to move programatically ?
Poster:
Posted Date:2010-04-16 11:25:43.0
A response from Oli at Thorlabs to day: Unfortunately because of the mechanical design of the stage it cannot handle 1Kg in this orientation. However the stage can certainly be mounted like this to actuate light optics etc.
Poster:day
Posted Date:2010-04-16 10:27:13.0
Is the load capacity still 1kg if the stage is mounted vertically (i.e. if the stage breadboard is vertical)? Can the stage be used in this orientation?
Poster:klee
Posted Date:2009-08-06 16:33:30.0
A response from Ken at Thorlabs: It is a theoretical number. It is the smallest possible move a human hand can move the differential adjusters.
Poster:iain
Posted Date:2009-08-04 22:29:44.0
Is the resolution of the MBT616 stage really 50 nm? Looking at the differential micrometers it looks more like 500 nm. Can you clarify how you define the resolution?

3-Axis MicroBlock Stage with Compact Differential Adjusters

Item #MBT616D(/M)
Deck height 62.5 mm (2.46")
Optical Axis Height (Nominal) 75 mm (2.95")
Load Capacity (Max) 1 kg (2.2 lbs)
Drive Specifications
Travel Range Coarse 4 mm (0.16")
Fine 300 μm
Coarse Adjustment
500 μm/rev
Fine Adjustment
(with Vernier Scale)
50 μm/rev
  • Preconfigured with Differential Micrometers for Coarse or Fine Manual Adjustments
  • Mounting Slots in Base Allow for Attachment to Breadboards and Optical Tables
  • Flexure Design Circumvents Need for Grease and Enhances Long-Term Stability
  • Ideal for Use in Fiber Launch Systems

Thorlabs' MicroBlock compact flexure stage with differential micrometers provides 4 mm (0.16") of coarse travel and 300 µm of fine travel. They have a coarse and fine adjustment range per revolution of 500 μm/rev and 50 μm/rev, respectively. This resolution and travel range make these stages ideal for optimizing the coupling efficiency in a fiber alignment or waveguide positioning system. The graduations also allow for a clear reference point for absolute positioning within a system. Please note that unlike our selection of NanoMax™ and RollerBlock™ stages, we do not recommend removing the drives from the stage.

Imperial stages come with an MMP1 Top Plate, while metric stages come with an MMP1/M Top Plate. These mounting plates contain a central keyway that allows for easy and repeatable alignment of all of the accessories listed in the overview. If off-center or breadboard mounting is necessary, we also offer the RB13P1 Top Plate. More information on the MMP1(/M) and RB13P1(/M) Top Plates is available below.

This stage is also available preconfigured with a variety of fiber launch optomechanics for use in fiber launch systems.

Based on your currency / country selection, your order will ship from Newton, New Jersey  
+1 Qty Docs Part Number - Imperial Price Available / Ships
MBT616D Support Documentation
MBT616D3-Axis MicroBlock Compact Flexure Stage, Differential Micrometers, Imperial Taps
$1,070.00
Today
+1 Qty Docs Part Number - Metric Price Available / Ships
MBT616D/M Support Documentation
MBT616D/M3-Axis MicroBlock Compact Flexure Stage, Differential Micrometers, Metric Taps
$1,070.00
Today

3-Axis MicroBlock Stage with Thumbscrew Adjusters

Item #MBT616D(/M)
Deck height 62.5 mm (2.46")
Optical Axis Height (Nominal) 75 mm (2.95")
Load Capacity (Max) 1 kg (2.2 lbs)
Drive Specifications
Travel Range 4 mm (0.16")
Coarse Adjustment
500 μm/rev
  • Preconfigured with Thumbscrew Drives for Coarse Manual Adjustments
  • Mounting Slots in Base Allow for Attachment to Breadboards and Optical Tables
  • Flexure Design Circumvents Need for Grease and Enhances Long-Term Stability
  • Ideal for Coarse Fiber Alignment for Fiber Launch Systems

Thorlabs' MicroBlock compact flexure stage with thumbscrew drives provides 4 mm (0.16") of coarse travel with an adjustment range per revolution of 500 μm/rev. This resolution and travel range make these stages ideal for optimizing the coupling efficiency in a fiber alignment or waveguide positioning system. Please note that unlike our selection of NanoMax™ and RollerBlock™ stages, we do not recommend removing the drives from the stage.

Imperial stages come with an MMP1 Top Plate, while metric stages come with an MMP1/M Top Plate. These mounting plates contain a central keyway that allows for easy and repeatable alignment of all of the accessories listed in the overview. If off-center or breadboard mounting is necessary, we also offer the RB13P1 Top Plate. More information on the MMP1(/M) and RB13P1(/M) Top Plates is available below.

This stage is also available preconfigured with a variety of fiber launch optomechanics for use in fiber launch systems.

Based on your currency / country selection, your order will ship from Newton, New Jersey  
+1 Qty Docs Part Number - Imperial Price Available / Ships
MBT602 Support Documentation
MBT6023-Axis MicroBlock Compact Flexure Stage, Fine Thread Thumbscrew Drives, Imperial Taps
$767.00
Today
+1 Qty Docs Part Number - Metric Price Available / Ships
MBT602/M Support Documentation
MBT602/M3-Axis MicroBlock Compact Flexure Stage, Fine Thread Thumbscrew Drives, Metric Taps
$767.00
Today

Tapped Top Plates


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RB13P1 Top Plate Shown Replacing the MMP1 Crossed Groove Mounting Plate on a Flexure Stage
Item #RB13P1RB13P1/MMMP1MMP1/M
Mechanical
Drawing
  • RB13P1 Adapter Plate for General Purpose Accessories and Components
    • Array of Thirteen 1/4"-20 (M6) and Twelve 8-32 (M4) Tapped Mounting Holes
  • MMP1 Standard 3-Axis Stage Top Plate (Included with All 3-Axis Stages)
    • Two 3 mm Wide Central Keyways for Aligning Multi-Axis Stage Accessories
    • Sixteen 6-32 (M3) Taps for Mounting Cleats
    • Four 4-40 (M2) Taps
    • Nine 8-32 (M4) Taps

The RB13P1(/M) Adapter Plate is designed as a replacement option for the standard MMP1(/M) grooved top plate sold with the stages above. Four counterbores that accept 6-32 (M3) screws allow it to be attached to the above stages. The 2.36" x 2.36" (60 mm x 60 mm) mounting surface is the same as the MMP1(/M) top plate that is included with the above stages. For complete details on the dimensions and tap locations of this top plate, please see the mechanical drawings below.

The MMP1(/M) Top Plate is included with the stages sold above but can be purchased separately as well. This plate features two 3 mm wide central keyways in a crossed pattern to allow for rapid configuration while maintaining accessory alignment, making this plate ideal for fiber launch applications. This "crossed groove" design allows for the NanoMax stages to be used in a left- or right-handed configuration. The plate also contains an array of 4-40 (M2), 6-32 (M3), and 8-32 (M4) tapped mounting holes for securing and mounting various components. For complete details on the dimensions and tap locations of this plate, please see the mechanical drawings below.

Based on your currency / country selection, your order will ship from Newton, New Jersey  
+1 Qty Docs Part Number - Imperial Price Available / Ships
RB13P1 Support Documentation
RB13P1Adapter Plate with 1/4"-20 and 8-32 Taps
$49.90
Today
MMP1 Support Documentation
MMP1Replacement Mounting Plate for Flexure Stages
$71.40
Today
+1 Qty Docs Part Number - Metric Price Available / Ships
RB13P1/M Support Documentation
RB13P1/MAdapter Plate with M6 and M4 Taps
$49.90
Today
MMP1/M Support Documentation
MMP1/MReplacement Mounting Plate for Flexure Stages, Metric
$71.40
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