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100 mm Linear Translation Stage, Stepper Motor
Two NRT100 Stages
Thorlabs' NRT100(/M) Linear Positioning Stage is optimized for applications requiring high load capacity and high resolution, such as measurement and inspection. It provides 100 mm of linear travel for loads as great as 20 kg (44 lbs) when mounted horizontally and 5 kg (11 lbs) when mounted vertically. Each stage features a typical on-axis accuracy of 2.0 µm (5.0 µm Max) when the included calibration files are used with the APT™ software. The lead screw, directly driven by a two-phase stepper motor with 409,600 microsteps per revolution, provides smooth translation with a theoretical positional resolution of less than 100 nm. Due to the stepper motor design, the platform position remains fixed when no power is supplied to the stage, unlike with DC servo motor translation stages.
The main platform is supported by four recirculating ball carrier bearings mounted to precisely aligned linear guide rails. The stepper motor, specifically designed for microstepping applications, allows smaller and smoother low-speed motion with significantly reduced vibrational noise than DC servo motors. The choice of a trapezoidal lead screw provides a number of benefits over the more common Acme-style thread, including improved durability, lower friction due to improved surface quality, and very little backdrive, eliminating the need for the braking mechanism required with ball screws.
The use of calibration files is optional. Without installing a calibration file, the on-axis accuracy of a stage will fall from 2.0 µm (typical) to 15.29 µm (typical). Calibration files do not affect the repeatability and resolution of the stages.
Motor Pin Out
The APT™ (Advanced Positioning Technology) family covers a wide range of motion controllers ranging from small, low-powered, single-channel drivers (such as the T-Cubes) to high-power, multi-channel, modular 19" rack nanopositioning systems (the APT Rack System).
All controllers in the APT family share a common software platform, the 'APT System Software', which is available on our APT software download page. A support package, containing a wealth of information on using and programming these Thorlabs products is also available.
By providing this common software platform, Thorlabs has ensured that users can easily mix and match any of the 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 the low-powered, single-axis to the high-powered, multi-axis systems and control all from a single, PC-based unified software interface.
The APT System Software allows two methods of usage: graphical user interface (GUI) utilities for direct interaction 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 are 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, which are also available on the software cd included with the controllers.
APT GUI Screen
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XZ Assembly Constructed Using the NRT150P1 Right-Angle Bracket and Two NRT100 Translation Stages
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NRT100 Stage Mounted Vertically Directly to Breadboard
The NRT150P1(/M) is an anodized aluminum right-angle bracket that orients an NRT100(/M) or NRT150(/M) translation stage in the vertical axis. This allows for the construction of XZ and XYZ translation stage arrangements (XZ option shown to the right). Alternatively, the NRT150P1 can be directly attached to an optical table for applications that require one axis of vertical translation (shown to the right).
The base of the NRT150P1(/M) contains six counterbored holes for 1/4"-20 (M6) cap screws, while its side has two 1/4"-20 (M6) tapped holes. The two side taps are designed to accept the vertically mounted stage.
These motor cables are sold as replacements in case of loss or damage to the PAA613 Motor Drive Cable that is included with our NRT Series Translation Stages. They are also compatible with our stepper motor actuators. The male end connects to the controller and the female end connects to the motor.