Manual stages are designed to provide precise, high-resolution travel over any combination of the six linear degrees of freedom. More importantly, however, they constrain any form of unwanted movement in the other angular or linear degrees of freedom: pitch, yaw, roll, as well as x, y, or z-axis translation. The offering includes linear stages, rotation stages, goniometers, labjacks and manual actuators like micrometers.
These products are frequently used in applications such as microscopy, metrology, optical fiber alignment, optical delay lines, interferometry, or wherever exact positioning is required. Industries that utilize translation stages include research, bio-medical, life sciences, astronomy, metrology, semiconductor, and more. For example, we have the most bearing options of any manufacturer, including EXC™ precision bearing, ball bearing, crossed-roller bearing, linear bearing, and dovetail bearing. Additionally, they are available in materials ranging from brass, aluminum, tool steel and stainless steel.
Manual rotation stages are designed to provide full 360-degree coarse as well as fine angular travel over a single rotational degree of freedom, most commonly yaw. The axis of rotation is orthogonal to the mounting platform, unlike goniometers which have their rotation axis parallel to the mounting platform. Some versions of our rotation stages have a center aperture to allow the rotation of polarization optics.
For more information please see our blog “Manual Stages Guide“.