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3-Dimensional Motorized Stage (Sutter Instrument)
Sutter Instrument  3DMS  3-Dimensional Motorized Stage3DMS-200 with 3DMS-W20 stage bracket

Many imaging experiments require the ability to move to multiple locations in a chamber or in a tissue culture dish. Large motorized stages accomplish this, but generally make the microscope into a single-use, motorized imaging station. The form factor of motorized stages usually precludes positioning other equipment such as manipulators at the same microscope.

Now, a simple attachment converts a standard Sutter MP-285 manipulator into the 3-Dimensional Motorized Stage. The 3DMS manipulator and stage attachment can be either mounted on an MT-75 gantry stand next to an upright microscope, or on an MD series stand attached to the body of an inverted microscope. The compact size allows manipulators and other equipment to be used simultaneously.

Refocusing is often required at the different X-Y locations when images are automatically acquired. Normally this requires a motorized focus drive to be added to the microscope. Because the 3DMS is a three-axis manipulator, focusing (vertical movement of the stage) is already built in. Surprisingly, this relatively small package still allows for 25 mm of movement in X, Y, and Z axes with sub-micron precision.

A variety of stage brackets are available to fit the needs of your experiment. Please consult us for further information.









Ordering Information

3DMS-100*     Table top TRIO MPC-100 controller, 3-axis motorized stage for microscope, stage bracket, connecting cables, power cord and manual
Rack mount MP-285 controller, 3-axis motorized stage for microscope, stage bracket and 285ROE user interface, connecting cables, power cord and manual
Rack mount MP-200 controller, 3-axis motorized stage for microscope, stage bracket and ROE-200 user interface, connecting cables, power cord and manual

When ordering the 3DMS, a stage bracket must be specified. Please list the stage bracket as a separate item at no cost. Additional stage brackets can be purchased as needed.



3DMS-M   3-axis motorized stage mechanical only

3DMS-W201     Stage bracket for Warner Series 20 octagonal (P & PH)

3DMS-W20R1     Stage bracket for Warner Series 20 round (PM)

3DMS-3X31     Stage bracket with 3 X 3 M6 tapped holes

3DMS-PETRI1     Stage bracket for Petri dish and slides

3DMS-BLANK1     Stage bracket - blank

3DMS-CUSTOM     Stage bracket - custom design

M100106     Flat side panel for controller (each)

1        No charge when ordering with the 3DMS-200 or 3DMS-285



Technical Specifications

Travel       25 mm on all three axes

Resolution (with MP-285 controller)
Low: 0.2 µm/step
High: 0.04 µm/step

Maximum Speed
2.9 mm/s

Long Term Stability
< 10 nm/hour at 24 °C

Drive Mechanism
Precision worm gear capstan drive

Serial Interface
RS-232, 9600 baud (1 start bit, 8 data bits, 1 stop bit)

Mechanical      11 cm × 15 cm × 16 cm
Controller      10 cm × 40.5 cm × 31 cm

Manipulator  1.7 kg
Controller  4.5 kg

Electrical   115/230 V,  50/60 Hz power line