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1/4" Travel Translation Stage


  • Modular X Y Z Configurable Translation Stages with Hardened Steel Guide Pins
  • Ball Bearing Design for Precision Motion and Long Life
  • Actuator Screw- or Micrometer-Driven Versions

MS1

Single-Axis Stage with
Actuator Screw

MS101

Stage Base Plate

MS1S

Single-Axis Stage
with Side-Mounted
Micrometer

MS3

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Ball Bearing-Mechanism
Manual Translation Stages
1/4" (6 mm) Travel
1/2" (13 mm) Travel
1/2" (13 mm) Travel, Miniature
1" (25 mm) Travel
2" (50 mm) Travel

Thorlabs offers two designs for 1/4" travel translation stages. The MS1 single-axis stage is actuated by an end-mounted 0.25 mm pitch thumbscrew. This stage is also the basis for our three-axis MS3 translation stage. The MS1S single-axis stage is actuated by a side-mounted micrometer. Since the MS1S removes the actuator from the translation axis, the MS1S is suitable for situations where it is necessary to mount the stage in close proximity to other components.

The modular design of these translation stage allows the user to quickly and precisely create multi-axis stage configurations using multiple MS1 or MS1S stages and stage plates. Each MS1 or MS1S stage has precision machined dowel holes in its top and bottom surfaces that allow two MS1 or MS1S stages to be connected together orthogonally within 2 mrad when the dowel pins are used. The MS series plates also have precision machined dowel holes. Each stage also features a side-located mounting plate that allows the stage to be locked in position using a 0.05" (1.3 mm) hex key.

MS3 SmartPack Packaging
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MS3 Packaging

Smart Pack

Item #% Weight
Reduction
CO2-Equivalent
Reductiona
MS3 8.22% 0.55 kg
MS3/M 8.54% 1.09 kg

Smart Pack

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Posted Comments:
user  (posted 2019-06-19 09:21:10.41)
Could I use MS1/M with the micrometer 148-205ST? Thanks
YLohia  (posted 2019-06-19 09:41:22.0)
Hello, thank you for contacting Thorlabs. Unfortunately, the MS1 stage cannot be used with the 148-205ST due to the incompatible bushings. Perhaps the MS1S/M may work for your application? It comes with the 148-205ST installed by default.
cwong3  (posted 2018-06-18 18:42:52.913)
Hi there - Is it possible to purchase the MS1S stage (imperial) but with the metric micrometer (148-205ST) installed instead of the imperial micrometer?
YLohia  (posted 2018-06-26 10:09:28.0)
Hello, we will contact you directly regarding this. Alternately, you could consider using the MS103 plate (imperial) on the MS1S/M stage (metric), so that way you get metric micrometer with imperial taps on top. We also have a selection of screw adapters that you could use on the metric stage to adapt to imperial optics here: https://www.thorlabs.com/newgrouppage9.cfm?objectgroup_id=1745.
prathmesh  (posted 2017-09-11 22:33:22.983)
How can the vertical and horizontal load capacities for MS1 and MS3 be the same, since MS3 is made out of 3 MS1, shouldn't they be a bit lower for MS3? Kindly clafiry. Thanks.
tfrisch  (posted 2017-09-21 10:06:56.0)
Hello, thank you for contacting Thorlabs. In an XYZ configuration, there will typically be two stages in horizontal and one in vertical orientation, so the vertical orientation will be the limiting factor. I will contact you directly about the orientation you intend to use your MS3 in, but in most cases, the topmost stage is vertical and where the load is placed, so the vertical stage often does not bear the weight of the other two stages.
user  (posted 2017-07-12 20:26:33.397)
yesterday I asked about the compatibility of MS101 and MS102 with MS1S, not MS1.
tcampbell  (posted 2017-07-13 12:21:10.0)
Hello, thank you for contacting Thorlabs again. I apologize for the confusion. The MS1 and MS1S stages have the same hole pattern, and thus both are compatible with with the MS101 base plate and MS102 angle bracket. The metric versions, MS1/M and MS1S/M, are also compatible with these items.
user  (posted 2017-07-11 16:44:25.0)
I want to use three MS1S/M in xyz configurations. is it true that for this reason i should buy MS101 and MS102? you didn't mentioned that these two pieces are compatible with MS1S/M.
tcampbell  (posted 2017-07-11 03:14:11.0)
Hello, thank you for contacting Thorlabs. The MS101 and MS102 are both compatible with imperial and metric versions of the MS1 stage. We have updated the text on the webpage to clarify this.
tcohen  (posted 2012-04-20 14:06:00.0)
Response from Tim at Thorlabs: Thank you for your feedback. We apologize for the inconvenience. I will contact you to provide you more alignment dowels.
igkiou  (posted 2012-04-20 09:21:43.0)
Hi, I recently purchased a MS101+MS102+MS1+MS103 combination. I was disappointed to see that the whole thing came with only 2 dowels, which are hardly enough. Do you provide these dowels as a separate part somewhere, so that I could purchase some more separately? Thank you in advance.

1/4" (6.4 mm) Travel Translation Stage

Item # MS1 & MS3
Drive Type M3 x 0.25 Fine-Adjustment Screw; Provides 250 µm/rev
Stage Height 0.60" (15.2 mm) 
Horizontal Load 7 lbs (3.2 kg) (Max)
Vertical Load 2.5 lbs (1.1 kg) (Max)
Maximum Stage Travel 1/4" (6.4 mm)
Orthogonality <2 mrad (with Alignment Pins)
Bearing Type Ball Bearing
Material Aluminum with Hardened Steel
Dowel Pins
Metric Marking
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The MS1/M can be identified by the small dimple under the center tap on the underside of the stage.
  • End-Mounted Adjustment Screw
  • Lockable
  • XYZ Configurable

The MS1(/M) series translation stage provides one axis of translation, and features an end-mounted adjustment screw. Components may be mounted to the top of the translation stage via five 8-32 (M4) tapped holes. The stage can be secured to the MS101 base plate or a Ø1/2" post using the 8-32 (M4) threaded hole located on the underside of the translation stage. Alternatively, there are two through holes accessible from the top of the stage that can be used to attach one MS1 translation stage to another MS1 translation stage. Two alignment dowels are provided with each stage; the dowels are used to precisely align two MS1 stages in an XY configuration or align the stage to the mounting plates available below.

The MS3(/M) is a 3-axis translation stage that comes completely assembled. The MS3 is built from three MS1 translation stages, one MS101 base plate, one MS102 right angle plate, and one adapter plate. The imperial version of the adapter plate includes four 6-32 and four 8-32 mounting holes for mounting various components; the metric version includes eight M4 mounting holes. Both the imperial and metric versions also include a 4 mm keyway lined with 4-40 (M3) tapped mounting holes to secure the optic mounts below to the stage.

Based on your currency / country selection, your order will ship from Newton, New Jersey  
+1 Qty Docs Part Number - Imperial Price Available
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MS3 Support Documentation
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MS1/M Support Documentation
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MS3/M Support Documentation
MS3/M6.4 mm Travel XYZ Translation Stage with End-Mounted Adjuster Screws, M4 Taps
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Side-Actuated 1/4" (6.5 mm) Travel Translation Stage

Item # MS1S
Drive Type Micrometer; Provides 0.025"
(0.5 mm) per Rev
Stage Height 0.73" (18.4 mm)
Horizontal Load 7 lbs (3.2 kg) (Max)
Vertical Load 2.5 lbs (1.1 kg) (Max)
Maximum Stage Travel 1/4" (6.5 mm)
Orthogonality <2 mrad (with Alignment Pins)
Bearing Type Ball Bearing
Material Aluminum with Hardened Steel Dowel Pins
  • Side-Mounted Micrometer
  • Lockable
  • XYZ Configurable

The MS1S(/M) translation stage provides one axis of translation and features a side-mounted micrometer. Since the MS1S removes the actuator from the translation axis, the MS1S is suitable for situations where it is necessary to mount the stage in close proximity to other components. The MS1S stage is actuated with the 148-206ST (1/4" travel micrometer), while the MS1S/M is actuated with the 148-205ST (6.5 mm travel micrometer).

Components may be mounted to the top of the translation stage via five 8-32 (M4) tapped holes. The stage can be secured to the MS101 base plate or a Ø1/2" post using the 8-32 (M4) threaded hole located on the underside of the translation stage. Alternatively, there are two through holes accessible from the top of the stage that can be used to attach one MS1S translation stage to another MS1S translation stage. Two dowel pins are provided with each stage; the dowel pins are used to precisely align two MS1S stages in an XY configuration or align the stage to the mounting plates available below.

Based on your currency / country selection, your order will ship from Newton, New Jersey  
+1 Qty Docs Part Number - Imperial Price Available
MS1S Support Documentation
MS1SCustomer Inspired! 1/4" Travel Single-Axis Translation Stage with Side-Mounted Micrometer, 8-32 Taps
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+1 Qty Docs Part Number - Metric Price Available
MS1S/M Support Documentation
MS1S/MCustomer Inspired! 6.5 mm Travel Single-Axis Translation Stage with Side-Mounted Micrometer, M4 Taps
$227.25
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MS Series Stage Plates

Metric Marking
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The MS103/M is marked as a metric component by a small dimple located next to the center tap.

The MS101 base plate has a central 8-32 (M4) through hole and four precision machined dowel holes that allow for the MS1(/M) translation stage to be secured in two orthogonal orientations when the dowels are being used.

The MS102 right angle plate has a central #8 (M4) through hole and four precision machined dowel holes on each of its two mounting surfaces. The MS102, with the use of the dowels, allows an MS1(/M) to be vertically mounted so that the surface of the stage is orthogonal, within 2 mrad, to the horizontal plane. Two hardened steel alignment dowel pins are provided with each bracket.

The MS103(/M) adapter plate has a central #8 (M4) through hole to secure the plate to the MS1(/M) translation stage. The four precision machined dowel holes on the underside of the plate allow the MS103 adapter to be mounted so that the key way on the top surface is either orthogonal or parallel, within 2 mrad, to the direction of the translation if the dowel pins are used. Two hardened steel alignment dowel pins are included with MS103(/M). The CT series of mounts are designed to fit into the keyway on the MS103 adapter plate, thus ensuring the orientation of the mounted component. The metric version can be identified by a small dimple on the underside of the plate located next to the central bore, shown in the photo to the right.

Based on your currency / country selection, your order will ship from Newton, New Jersey  
+1 Qty Docs Part Number - Imperial Price Available
MS103 Support Documentation
MS103Adapter Plate, Optic Mounts to MS Series Translation Stages, Imperial
$30.30
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+1 Qty Docs Part Number - Universal Price Available
MS101 Support Documentation
MS101Base Plate for MS Series Translation Stages
$22.07
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MS102 Support Documentation
MS102Angle Bracket for MS Series Translation Stages
$33.83
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+1 Qty Docs Part Number - Metric Price Available
MS103/M Support Documentation
MS103/MAdapter Plate, Optic Mounts to MS Series Translation Stages, Metric
$30.30
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Ø1" Optic Mount

  • SM1 (1.035"-40) Threaded Bore Directly Accepts Ø1" Optics up to 6.9 mm (0.27") Thick
  • Compatible with Our Line of SM1 Lens Tubes
  • Finger Groove Recess Allows for Ease of Alignment
  • Beam Height: 0.72" (18 mm)
  • Compatible with MS-Series Translators and CT1 Cage Translator

The CT101 has an internal SM1 threading for mounting Ø1" components or externally threaded SM1 components, which includes the SM1 lens tubes. The mount is compatible with the MS103(/M) Adapter Plate and with the CT1 30 mm cage Z axis translation stage. One SM1RR retaining ring, two 4-40 and two M3 cap screws for securing the mount, and two removable dowel pins for alignment are included with each unit.

Based on your currency / country selection, your order will ship from Newton, New Jersey  
+1 Qty Docs Part Number - Universal Price Available
CT101 Support Documentation
CT101Ø1" Optic Mount for Use with CT1 MS Stages
$47.62
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Ø1/2" Optic XY Translation Mount

  • Provides ±0.04" (±1.0 mm) of Travel in X and Y Directions
  • SM05 (0.535"-40) Threaded Bore Directly Accepts Ø1/2" Optics up to 9.9 mm (0.39") Thick
  • Wobble: <100 µrad
  • Resolution: 250 µm/rev
  • Beam Height: 0.72" (18 mm)
  • Compatible with MS-Series Translators and CT1 Cage Translator

The CT102 has an internal SM05 (0.535"-40) threading for mounting Ø1/2" components up to 0.39" (9.9 mm) thick or externally SM05-threaded components. The CT102 allows for ±1 mm of travel in the X and Y direction using M3 x 0.25 fine adjusters. The mount is directly compatible with the CT1 30 mm cage Z-axis translation stage and the MS1(/M) Translation Stage when it is used with the MS103(/M) adapter plate. One SM05RR retaining ring, which secures a component by sandwiching it between the ring and the back lip on the mount. Two 4-40 and two M3 cap screws for securing the mount are included with each unit.

Based on your currency / country selection, your order will ship from Newton, New Jersey  
+1 Qty Docs Part Number - Universal Price Available
CT102 Support Documentation
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$206.68
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Ø1/2" Optic Rotation Mount

  • Coarse Rotation: 360° Continuously Adjustable
  • Graduations: 2° Increments
  • Mount Ø1/2" (Ø12.7 mm) Optics up to 0.29" (7.4 mm) Thick
  • Runout: <0.0001" Along Optical Axis
  • Maximum Clear Aperture: 0.43"
  • Beam Height: 0.72" (18 mm)
  • Lockable Design
  • Compatible with MS-Series Translators and CT1 Cage Translator

The CT104 has an internal SM05 threading for mounting Ø1/2" (Ø12.7 mm) optics and externally threaded SM05 threaded components. The CT104 mount provides 360° of continuous rotation for the mounted components. The 2° graduation allows for precise positioning of components such as linear polarizers and waveplates. A top-mounted, nylon-tipped setscrew is used to lock the position of the component. The mount is compatible with the MS103(/M) adapter plate and with the CT1 30 mm cage Z-axis translation stage. One SM05RR retaining ring, which secures a component by sandwiching it between the ring and the back lip on the mount. Two 4-40 and two M3 cap screws for securing the mount are included with each unit.

Based on your currency / country selection, your order will ship from Newton, New Jersey  
+1 Qty Docs Part Number - Universal Price Available
CT104 Support Documentation
CT104Rotation Mount for Ø1/2" Optics to use with CT1 or MS Stages
$97.66
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Blank Mount

The CT103 is a blank mount that is compatible with the MS103(/M) adapter plate and CT1 30 mm Z-axis translation stage. A center-drilled dimple is provided to locate the optical axis when machining the mount for a custom application. Two 4-40 and two M3 cap screws for securing the mount are included with each unit.

Based on your currency / country selection, your order will ship from Newton, New Jersey  
+1 Qty Docs Part Number - Universal Price Available
CT103 Support Documentation
CT103Blank Mount to use with CT1 or MS Stages
$41.94
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