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300 mm Linear Motor Stage and Controller
Kit Includes Stage
Platform Height Adapter
Thorlabs' DDS300-E 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.
Optical Height Adapter Plate
The flying leads are terminated in a male 15-pin D-Type and male 8-pin round DIN connector. Pin details are given below.
Motor Drive Connector
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 GUI Screen
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.
These videos illustrate some of the basics of using the APT System Software from both a non-programming and a programming point of view. There are videos that illustrate usage of the supplied APT utilities that allow immediate control of the APT controllers out of the box. There are also a number of videos that explain the basics of programming custom software applications using Visual Basic, LabView and Visual C++. Watch the videos now to see what we mean.
To further assist programmers, a guide to programming the APT software in LabView is also available.
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, pitch and yaw platforms, and goniometers. We also offer manual translation stages.
These stages incorporate piezoelectric elements in a variety of drive mechanisms. Our Nanoflex™ translation stages use standard piezo chips along with manual actuators. Our LPS710E z-axis stage features a mechanically amplified piezo design and includes a matched controller. The PD1 stage incorporates a piezo inertia drive that uses "stick-slip" friction properties to obtain an extended travel range. The Elliptec™ stages use resonant piezo motors to push and pull the moving platform through resonant elliptical motion.
Stepper Motor Stages
These translation stages feature removable or integrated stepper motors and long travel ranges up to 300 mm. The MLJ150 stage also offers high load capacity vertical translation. The other stages can be assembled into multi-axis configurations.
DC Servo Motor Stages
Thorlabs offers linear translation stages with removable or integrated DC servo motors. These stages feature low profiles and can be assembled in multi-axis configurations.
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.
Characterized by high-speed translation and high positional accuracy, the DDS300 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.
The BBD201 DC servo controller included in the package incorporates Thorlabs' standard apt™ control and programming interface, enabling easy integration into automated motion control applications. For greater flexibility, both a USB and RS232 (9-Pin) 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 (LabVIEW, C++, C#, etc.) 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 the user-friendly apt™ 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.
Very precise, fine positioning and control can be achieved with the associated MJC001 joystick option (described below).
The DDSA04 Optical Height Adapter is designed to raise the deck height of the DDS300 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 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).
The MJC001 joystick console has been designed to provide intuitive, tactile, manual positioning of a stage. 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, thereby eliminating the need to be connected to a host PC and allowing true remote operation. For control of a single-axis stage, simply connect the console to the BBD201 controller. To control two stages simultaneously using the joy stick, a multi-axis BBD202 or BBD203 controller is required. This joystick is also compatible with our Rack-Mounted Brushless Controller and Stepper Motor Controllers. Please contact Tech Support for more details.