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Motorized Pitch and Yaw Platform
High-Load Pitch and Yaw Stage with DC Servo Actuators
3-Axis Flexure Stage Mounted Directly to a PY004Z8 High-Load Pitch and Yaw Stage for High-Precision 5-Axis Control
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K-Cube™ DC Servo Motor Controller (Two Required)
This Motorized Pitch and Yaw Platform provides ±2.5° of adjustment in pitch and ±4.05° in yaw. It is designed for use with loads up to 2.0 kg (4.40 lbs), such as lasers, cameras, and 3-axis stages. The actual maximum load will depend on the positioning of the load on the platform (see the table to the right or the Specs tab for more details). The 112.0 mm x 115.0 mm (4.41" x 4.53") top platform is equipped with an array of 1/4"-20 (M6) threaded mounting holes on 1" (25 mm) centers.
The base of the pitch and yaw platform is provided with eight through holes for attachment to metric or imperial optical tables and breadboards. The through holes allow the tapped holes on the unit to be in line with the optical table hole pattern or midway off the optical table hole pattern. The unit can also be secured at any arbitrary position by using two CL6 table clamps (sold separately).
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Engravings on the platform indicate the pitch axis and yaw center to help minimize crosstalk.
Included and Compatible Actuators
How to Calculate the Linear Displacement per Encoder Count
For the Z812B, there are 512 encoder counts per revolution of the motor. The output shaft of the motor goes into a 67:1 planetary gear head. This requires the motor to rotate 67 times to rotate the 1.0 mm pitch lead screw one revolution. The end result is the lead screw advances by 1.0 mm.
The linear displacement of the actuator per encoder count is given by
512 x 67 = 34,304 encoder counts per revolution of the lead screw,
whereas the linear displacement of the lead screw per encoder count is given by
1.0 mm / 34,304 counts = 2.9 x 10-5 mm (29 nm).
Horizontal Load Capacity Diagram
Diagram showing the two areas where the maximum load capacity
Z812B Connector 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
The APT video tutorials available here fall into two main groups - one group covers using the supplied APT utilities and the second group covers programming the APT System using a selection of different programming environments.
Disclaimer: The videos below were originally produced in Adobe Flash. Following the discontinuation of Flash after 2020, these tutorials were re-recorded for future use. The Flash Player controls still appear in the bottom of each video, but they are not functional.
Every APT controller is supplied with the utilities APTUser and APTConfig. APTUser provides a quick and easy way of interacting with the APT control hardware using intuitive graphical control panels. APTConfig is an 'off-line' utility that allows various system wide settings to be made such as pre-selecting mechanical stage types and associating them with specific motion controllers.
APT User Utility
The first video below gives an overview of using the APTUser Utility. The OptoDriver single channel controller products can be operated via their front panel controls in the absence of a control PC. The stored settings relating to the operation of these front panel controls can be changed using the APTUser utility. The second video illustrates this process.
APT User - Overview
APT User - OptoDriver Settings
Thorlabs' PY004Z8(/M) Motorized Pitch and Yaw Stage provides an adjustment range of ±2.5° and ±4.05° in pitch and yaw, respectively. An array of 1/4"-20 (M6) tapped holes allows easy integration with a wide variety of common optomechanical setups. The stage features a load capacity of 2.0 kg (4.41 lbs), making it ideal for use with lasers, cameras, or 3-axis platforms. The stage requires two controller units and power supplies to operate. For this purpose, we recommend our KDC101
Thorlabs' KDC101 K-Cube Brushed DC Motor Controller provides local and computerized control of a single motor axis. It features a top-mounted control panel with a velocity wheel that supports four-speed bidirectional control with forward and reverse jogging as well as position presets. A backlit digital display is also included that can have the backlit dimmed or turned off using the top-panel menu options. The front of the unit contains two bidirectional trigger ports that can be used to read a 5 V external logic signal or output a 5 V logic signal to control external equipment. Each port can be independently configured.
Please note that this controller does not ship with a power supply. Compatible power supplies are listed below. Additional information can be found on the main KDC101 DC Servo Motor Controller page.
The KPS101 power supply outputs +15 VDC at up to 2.4 A and can power a single K-Cube or T-Cube with a 3.5 mm jack. It plugs into a standard wall outlet.
The KCH301 and KCH601 USB Controller Hubs each consist of two parts: the hub, which can support up to three (KCH301) or six (KCH601) K-Cubes or T-Cubes, and a power supply that plugs into a standard wall outlet. The hub draws a maximum current of 10 A; please verify that the cubes being used do not require a total current of more than 10 A. In addition, the hub provides USB connectivity to any docked K-Cube or T-Cube through a single USB connection.
For more information on the USB Controller Hubs, see the full web presentation.
The PAA632 Extension Cable provides an additional 2.5 m (8.20 ft) of cable length for the 15-pin D-type connectors used throughout our motorized actuator selection. The male end connects to the controller, while the female end connects to the motor.