25 mm Travel Compact Translation Stages, Crossed-Roller Bearings


  • 25 mm Travel Provided by Metric Micrometers
  • Crossed-Roller Bearings for Superior Angular Deviation and Load Capacity
  • Each Stage Ships with Individual Test Data Certificate
  • 1-, 2-, or 3-Axis Versions

LX10

Single-Axis Stage

LX20YZ

YZ Stage

LX30

XYZ Stage

LX20

XY Stage

LX20XZ

XZ Stage

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Specifications
Item # LX10(/M) LX20(/M) LX20XZ(/M) LX20YZ(/M) LX30(/M)
Translation Axes X XYa XZa YZa XYZa
Travel 25 mm
Angular Deviationb <125 µrad
Vertical Straightnessb,c <10.0 µm
Platform Size 2.56" x 2.56" (65.0 mm x 65.0 mm) 2.55" x 2.56" (64.8 mm x 65.0 mm)
Top Plate Mounting Holes Seven 1/4"-20 (M6 x 1.0)
Bottom Plate Mounting Holes Four 1/4" (M6) Counterbores
Four Ø0.095" (Ø2.4 mm) Alignment Holes
Deck Height 0.98"
(25.0 mm)
1.50"
(38.0 mm)
-
Horizontal Load Capacity 41 kg (90 lbs) Max -
Vertical Load Capacity 4 kg (8.8 lbs) Maxd
Bearing Type Crossed-Roller Bearings
Micrometer Specifications
Micrometer Item # 150-801ME-H
Resolution 500 µm Translation Per Revolution
Travel 25 mm
Micrometer Barrel Size Ø3/8" (Ø9.5 mm)
  • These multi-axis stages cannot be disassembled into separate single-axis stages.
  • Specified per Axis, Over the Full Travel Range
  • Vertical straightness is the maximum linear deviation from straight motion per axis, measured on a plane normal to the plane of motion.
  • Limited by the Micrometer

Features

  • Self-Contained Stages with Integrated Micrometer Mounts
  • Crossed-Roller Bearings for High Load Capacity and Low Angular Deviation
  • 1-, 2-, or 3-Axis Versions
  • Seven 1/4"-20 (M6 x 1.0) Mounting Holes
  • Side-Mounted Metric Micrometer(s) with Ø3/8" (Ø9.5 mm) Barrel
  • Each Stage Individually Tested and Shipped with Test Data Certificate
  • Mounts to Optical Table Using Four 1/4" (M6) Counterbores

Thorlabs' LX Series Compact Translation Stages provide 25 mm of linear translation with less than 125 µrad of deviation per axis in pitch and yaw over the full range of the stages. Featuring compact footprints, the stages use crossed-roller steel bearings to support precision motion and high load capacities. The monolithic top and bottom plates feature integrated micrometer mounts and are machined from cast tool and jig aluminum for high stability and minimal internal stress.

After each stage is manufactured, the pitch, yaw, and vertical straightness of the stage are tested. This ensures that each stage meets the stated specifications over the full translation range of the stage. A summary of the test results is provided on an individualized data sheet that ships with each stage (sample data sheets can be viewed here for the LX10, LX20, and LX30).

The mounting surface includes an array of seven 1/4"-20 (M6) tapped holes with 1/2" (12.5 mm) spacings. Each stage axis is lockable via a side-located 5/64" (2.0 mm) hex screw in a locking bracket to guard against

Quick Connect Translation Stages
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These stages can be secured to a breadboard using counterbored holes in the bottom plate. The holes can be accessed by translating the platform, as shown with the LX10 stage above.

accidental movement. Each stage can be bolted directly to an optical table using four counterbored 1/4" (M6) holes that are revealed by translating the second plate from the bottom, as shown in the image to the left. For XY and XYZ stages, the micrometer attached to this plate blocks one of the mounting holes beneath it; to access this hole, the micrometer must first be removed. The base of each stage also has four Ø2.4 mm alignment holes for use with Ø3/32" dowel pins.

These stages come equipped with a metric micrometer head with 500 µm of travel per revolution for each axis. The micrometer can be translated using the knurled knob or, for finer control, a 5/64" (2.0 mm) hex key. The micrometer can be removed and replaced by loosening the side-located flexure clamp with a 5/64" (2.0 mm) hex key. This flexure clamp can hold any micrometer that has a Ø3/8" (Ø9.5 mm) mounting barrel.

Each stage is designed as a standalone stage with a specific number of axes; as such, single-axis stages cannot be combined into multi-axis stages and multi-axis stages cannot be disassembled into single-axis stages. For modular multi-axis stages, please see our quick-connect 25 mm travel stages and compact, quick-connect 25 mm travel stages.

Note: If removing the micrometer, ensure either that the locking bracket is fully tightened or that the spindle is fully retracted and no longer engaged with the moving body of the stage. Failure to do so could result in damage to the stage or require it to be recalibrated to meet its specified performance.

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  • Bases: For Stability Orient the Side with the Undercut Down

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Bases: For Stability Orient the Side with the Undercut Down

An undercut is machined into the bottom surface of bases like the BA2 (Figures 1 and 2). The undercut creates feet, which are called pads. For maximum stability, the base should be oriented with its pads in contact with the table or breadboard.

The top surface of the base does not have an undercut and is the intended mounting surface for components.

Mounting the base upside down could result in the base rocking on the table or breadboard, or the base may exhibit other mechanical instability.

The Pads are Flatter than the Top Surface
The undercut is key to the flatness of the pads. The pads are machined flat after the undercut is made.

Friction heats the pads during the processing step that provides them with a maximally flat profile. By reducing the surface area of the pads, the undercut reduces the amount of heat generated during this step.

It is beneficial to minimize the heat generated during machining. Metal expands when heated, and the uneven heating that occurs during machining can distort the dimensions of the part. If the dimensions of the part are distorted during machining, the part can be left with high spots and other undesirable features after it cools. This can cause instability and misalignment when using the part.

Precision Instruments and Devices have Pads
Another example of a component with pads is the LX10 linear stage shown in Figure 3.

LX10 with Undercut Indicated, Bottom
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Figure 3: Pads machined into Thorlabs' devices improve their stability when bolted in place. The pads are highly flat and project above the undercut region, which is highlighted red. The undercut limits the contact area with the table or breadboard.
BA2 with Undercut Indicated, Bottom
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Figure 2: This view of the bottom shows the undercut highlighted in red. By removing this material, the pads can be made maximally flat.
BA2 with Undercut Indicated, Top
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Figure 1: For optimal stability, the base should be mounted with the undercut facing the optical table or breadboard.

Date of Last Edit: Dec. 9, 2019


Posted Comments:
Craig Brideau  (posted 2019-10-03 16:19:18.107)
Would an XZ or YZ configuration be possible?
YLohia  (posted 2019-10-04 12:10:57.0)
Hello, thank you for contacting Thorlabs. I have posted your request on our internal product engineering forum for further consideration.
user  (posted 2019-07-04 03:02:10.527)
i can t dowload your product
mmcclure  (posted 2019-07-05 04:25:10.0)
Hello, thank you for contacting us. We have corrected an issue with the STEP file, which can now be downloaded properly. I have reached out to you directly to discuss if the issue you mention is resolved.
mojtaba.zamani.a  (posted 2017-06-01 16:34:01.73)
can these stages work used at xyz configuration?
tfrisch  (posted 2017-06-22 09:40:00.0)
Hello, thank you for contacting Thorlabs. XY and XYZ versions are in development. I will reach out to you directly. I can assist with XYZ solutions until these monolithic stages are released.

Manual Linear Translation Stages

Thorlabs' manual translation stages are offered in a range of maximum travel distances, from less than 1/4" (6 mm) to 2" (50 mm) and longer for our long travel, large area platforms. Many of these stages can be ordered 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 manual translation stages. In addition to linear translation stages, we offer rotation stages, pitch and yaw platforms, and goniometers. We also offer motorized translation stages that are powered by DC Servo motors, stepper motors, or direct drive technology.

Crossed-Roller Bearing Stages

These linear translation stages feature crossed roller bearings travel mechanisms for precision motion, high load capacity, and low angular deviation. The LNR Series stages feature all-steel body construction, while the LX, XRN, and XR Series stage bodies are constructed of aluminum.

Crossed-Roller Bearing Stages
Product Family LNR Series 25 mm Stages LX Series
25 mm Stages
XRN Series 25 mm Stages XR Series 25 mm Stages XR Series 50 mm Stages LNR Series 50 mm Stages
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Travel 25 mm (0.98") 25 mm (0.98") 25 mm (0.98") 25 mm (0.98") 50 mm (1.97") 50 mm (1.97")
Drive Type Multiple Micrometer Micrometer Micrometer Micrometer Multiple
Platform Size 2.34" x 2.36"
(59.4 mm x 60.0 mm)
2.56" x 2.56"
(65.0 mm x 65.0 mm)
2.00" x 3.35"
(50.7 mm x 85.0 mm)
2.98" x 4.33"
(75.7 mm x 110.0 mm)
2.98" x 5.51"
(75.7 mm x 140.0 mm)
3.94" x 3.94"
(100.0 mm x 100.0 mm)
Possible Axis
Configurations
X, XZ, XY, XYZ X, XY, XZ, YZ, XYZ X, XY, XYZ X, XY, XYZ X, XY, XYZ X, XY, XYZ
Additional Details

Ball Bearing Stages

These translation stages feature hardened steel linear bearings for precise motion and long life. They are available with a variety of actuators and in single-axis or preassembled multi-axis configurations.

Ball Bearing Stages
Product Family MS Series 1/4" Stages T12 Series 1/2" Stages MT Series 1/2" Stages PT Series 1" Stages LT Series 2" Stages
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Travel 1/4" (6.4 mm) 1/2" (12.7 mm) 1/2" (12.7 mm) 1" (25.4 mm) 2" (50 mm)
Drive Type Multiple Thumbscrew Multiple Multiple Differential Micrometer
Platform Size 1.17" x 1.17"
(29.7 mm x 29.7 mm)
0.76" x 0.81"
(19.3 mm x 20.6 mm)
2.40" x 2.41"
(61.0 mm x 61.2 mm)
3.00" x 4.00"
(76.2 mm x 101.6 mm)
3.75" x 3.75"
(95.3 mm x 95.3 mm)
Possible Axis Configurations X, XY, XYZ X, XY, XYZ X, XY, XYZ X, XY, XYZ X, XY, XYZ
Additional Details

Dovetail Stages

These compact stages incorporate dovetails and a leadscrew for the translation mechanism. They are suitable in general purpose motion control applications.

Dovetail Stages
Product Family DT Series 1/2" Stages DTS Series 1" Stage DTS Series 2" Stage
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Travel 1/2" (12.7 mm) 1" (25 mm) 2" (50 mm)
Drive Type Thumbscrew Thumbscrew Thumbscrew
Platform Size 1.00" x 1.00" (25.4 mm x 25.4 mm) 2.68" x 2.95" (68.0 mm 75.0 mm) 2.68" x 3.74" (68.0 mm x 95.0 mm)
Possible Axis Configurations X, XY, XYZ X, XY, XYZ X, XY, XYZ
Additional Details

Flexure Stages

Thorlabs' Nanoflex™ translation stages feature frictionless flexure mechanisms for improved positioning and resolution when compared to similar stages made using bearings. The translation of the stage is accomplished by the elastic deformation (flexing) of a linkage attached to the mounting platform. Most models also include piezo actuators for small position adjustments.

Flexure Stages
Product Family Nanoflex™ 1.5 mm Stage Nanoflex™ 5 mm Stages
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Travel 1.5 mm (0.06") + 25 µm Piezo 5 mm (0.20") 5 mm (0.20") + 20 µm Piezo
Drive Type Thumbscrew and Piezo Actuator Differential Micrometer Differential Micrometer and
Open-Loop Piezo Actuator
Differential Micrometer and
Closed-Loop Piezo Actuator
Platform Size 1.18" x 1.18" (30.0 mm x 30.0 mm) 2.95" x 2.95" (75.0 mm x 75.0 mm)
Possible Axis Configurations X, XY, XYZ X, XY, XYZ X, XY, XYZ X, XY, XYZ
Additional Details

Vertical Stages

We offer vertical translation stages with crossed roller bearings for precise motion as well as long travel vertical stages for heavy-duty applications.

Vertical Stages
Product Family VAP Series 4" and 10" Vertical Stages
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Travel 4" (101.6 mm) 10" (254 mm)
Drive Type Adjuster Knob and Coarse Manual Positioning
Platform Size 3.00" x 6.00" (76.2 mm 152.4 mm)
Additional Details

Single-Axis Translation Stage

  • 25 mm Single-Axis Translation
  • 0.98" (25 mm) Deck Height
  • 500 µm Translation per Micrometer Revolution

The LX10(/M) stage allows for 25 mm of travel along the X axis. The stage comes with a 150-801ME-H micrometer. Please note that this stage is shorter than the multi-axis LX20(/M) stage by 0.52" (13 mm). Directly replacing one with the other might require realignment of other fixtures.

For more detailed information, please refer to the Specifications table above.

Based on your currency / country selection, your order will ship from Newton, New Jersey  
+1 Qty Docs Part Number - Imperial Price Available
LX10 Support Documentation
LX10Self-Contained 25 mm Translation Stage, 1/4"-20 Taps
$530.45
Today
+1 Qty Docs Part Number - Metric Price Available
LX10/M Support Documentation
LX10/MSelf-Contained 25 mm Translation Stage, M6 x 1.0 Taps
$530.45
5-8 Days

XY Translation Stage

XY Translation Stage Mounting
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The upper micrometer must be removed to access one of the mounting holes in the base.
  • 25 mm Translation in X and Y Axes
  • 1.50" (38.0 mm) Deck Height
  • 500 µm Translation per Micrometer Revolution
  • Compact Monolithic Construction for Superior Performance

The LX20(/M) stage allows for 25 mm of travel along the X and Y axes. The stage comes with two 150-801ME-H micrometers. Please note that this stage is taller than the single-axis LX10(/M) stage by 0.52" (13 mm). Directly replacing one with the other might require realignment of other fixtures.

This stage can be bolted directly to the optical table using four counterbored 1/4" (M6) holes that are revealed by translating the middle plate. The micrometer attached to this plate blocks one of the mounting holes beneath it; to access this hole, the micrometer must first be removed, as illustrated in the photo to the right. The base of the stage also has four Ø2.4 mm alignment holes for use with Ø3/32" dowel pins.

Note: If removing the micrometer, ensure either that the locking bracket is fully tightened or that the spindle is fully retracted and no longer engaged with the moving body of the stage. Failure to do so could result in damage to the stage or require it to be recalibrated to meet its specified performance.

For more detailed information, please see the Specifications table above.

Based on your currency / country selection, your order will ship from Newton, New Jersey  
+1 Qty Docs Part Number - Imperial Price Available
LX20 Support Documentation
LX20Self-Contained XY 25 mm Translation Stage, 1/4"-20 Taps
$901.25
Today
+1 Qty Docs Part Number - Metric Price Available
LX20/M Support Documentation
LX20/MSelf-Contained XY 25 mm Translation Stage, M6 x 1.0 Taps
$901.25
5-8 Days

XZ Translation Stage

  • 25 mm Translation in X and Z Axes
  • 500 µm Translation per Micrometer Revolution
  • Compact Monolithic Construction for Superior Performance

The LX20XZ(/M) stage allows for 25 mm of travel along the X and Z axes, where X-axis translation is parallel to the face of the Z-axis stage. The stage comes with two 150-801ME-H micrometers. Please note that this stage is shorter than the three-axis LX30(/M) stage by 0.51" (12.9 mm). Directly replacing one with the other might require realignment of other fixtures.

This stage can be bolted directly to the optical table using four counterbored 1/4" (M6) holes that are revealed by translating the middle plate. The base of the stage also has four Ø2.4 mm alignment holes for use with Ø3/32" dowel pins.

Note: If removing the micrometer, ensure either that the locking bracket is fully tightened or that the spindle is fully retracted and no longer engaged with the moving body of the stage. Failure to do so could result in damage to the stage or require it to be recalibrated to meet its specified performance.

For more detailed information, please see the Specifications table above.

Based on your currency / country selection, your order will ship from Newton, New Jersey  
+1 Qty Docs Part Number - Imperial Price Available
LX20XZ Support Documentation
LX20XZCustomer Inspired! Self-Contained XZ 25 mm Translation Stage, 1/4"-20 Taps
$1,200.00
Lead Time
+1 Qty Docs Part Number - Metric Price Available
LX20XZ/M Support Documentation
LX20XZ/MCustomer Inspired! Self-Contained XZ 25 mm Translation Stage, M6 x 1.0 Taps
$1,200.00
Lead Time

YZ Translation Stage

  • 25 mm Translation in Y and Z Axes
  • 500 µm Translation per Micrometer Revolution
  • Compact Monolithic Construction for Superior Performance

The LX20YZ(/M) stage allows for 25 mm of travel along the Y and Z axes, where Y-axis translation is perpendicular to the face of the Z-axis stage. The stage comes with two 150-801ME-H micrometers. Please note that this stage is shorter than the three-axis LX30(/M) stage by 0.51" (12.9 mm). Directly replacing one with the other might require realignment of other fixtures.

This stage can be bolted directly to the optical table using four counterbored 1/4" (M6) holes that are revealed by translating the middle plate. The base of the stage also has four Ø2.4 mm alignment holes for use with Ø3/32" dowel pins.

Note: If removing the micrometer, ensure either that the locking bracket is fully tightened or that the spindle is fully retracted and no longer engaged with the moving body of the stage. Failure to do so could result in damage to the stage or require it to be recalibrated to meet its specified performance.

For more detailed information, please see the Specifications table above.

Based on your currency / country selection, your order will ship from Newton, New Jersey  
+1 Qty Docs Part Number - Imperial Price Available
LX20YZ Support Documentation
LX20YZCustomer Inspired! Self-Contained YZ 25 mm Translation Stage, 1/4"-20 Taps
$1,200.00
5-8 Days
+1 Qty Docs Part Number - Metric Price Available
LX20YZ/M Support Documentation
LX20YZ/MCustomer Inspired! Self-Contained YZ 25 mm Translation Stage, M6 x 1.0 Taps
$1,200.00
Today

XYZ Translation Stage

XYZ Translation Stage Mounting
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The middle micrometer must be removed to access one of the mounting holes in the base.
  • 25 mm Translation in X, Y, and Z Axes
  • 500 µm Translation per Micrometer Revolution
  • Compact Monolithic Construction for Superior Performance

The LX30(/M) stage allows for 25 mm of travel along the X, Y, and Z axes. The stage comes with three 150-801ME-H micrometers. Please note that this stage is taller than the two-axis LX20YZ(/M) stage by 0.51" (12.9 mm). Directly replacing one with the other might require realignment of other fixtures.

This stage can be bolted directly to the optical table using four counterbored 1/4" (M6) holes that are revealed by translating the lower plate of the stage. The micrometer attached to this plate blocks one of the mounting holes beneath it; to access this hole, the micrometer must first be removed, as illustrated in the photo to the right. The base of the stage also has four Ø2.4 mm alignment holes for use with Ø3/32" dowel pins.

Note: If removing the micrometer, ensure either that the locking bracket is fully tightened or that the spindle is fully retracted and no longer engaged with the moving body of the stage. Failure to do so could result in damage to the stage or require it to be recalibrated to meet its specified performance.

For more detailed information, please see the Specifications table above.

Based on your currency / country selection, your order will ship from Newton, New Jersey  
+1 Qty Docs Part Number - Imperial Price Available
LX30 Support Documentation
LX30Self-Contained XYZ 25 mm Translation Stage, 1/4"-20 Taps
$1,545.00
Lead Time
+1 Qty Docs Part Number - Metric Price Available
LX30/M Support Documentation
LX30/MSelf-Contained XYZ 25 mm Translation Stage, M6 x 1.0 Taps
$1,545.00
Today