Micromanipulator System

The XenoWorks® Micromanipulator has been designed around our hugely-successful MP-285 electrophysiology micromanipulator, with the addition of a smooth-moving adjustable inverted joystick. Because the motor drive is based on an electrophysiology design, the XenoWorks Micromanipulator is extremely stable and resistant to ambient vibration. This stability also makes this manipulator an ideal platform for use in conjunction with the PrimeTech PMM-150FU Piezo Impact Drive for applications such as mouse nuclear transfer and intracytoplasmic sperm injection.

The joystick offers an unprecedented level of user comfort during operation. The use of an inverted joystick in conjunction with an almost zero-profile base allows the operator to rest their hands and forearms on the bench surface, providing ease of use and added ergonomics. The function keys can be located and activated by touch, removing the need to look away from the microscope, which will save time. Another time saving feature is the "Setup" function. Activating the setup function places the micromanipulator in the optimum position prior to beginning work (halfway on the Y-axis, three-quarters down on the Z-axis and three-quarters inwards on the X-axis). Once the manipulator is in the default setup position, the micropipette tip will already be projecting into the microscope's optical path, reducing the time taken to find the pipette tip through the microscope. The setup function also ensures an adequate travel range in all axes of motion prior to starting work.

The manipulator uses a pre-programmed "Home" position for fast micropipette exchange, and the ability to determine a "Work" position so the pipette can be repositioned with the press of a button. A Y-axis lockout function allows X-only axial movement for maximum control during injections, and a Z-limit memory position is used to prevent the pipette from colliding with the bottom of the dish.

The XenoWorks joystick is designed to allow the user to immediately develop an intuitive feel that makes it easy to precisely control position. Movement of the joystick is directly converted to a proportional movement of the manipulator. Speed control, center of travel, and programmable positions are right at your fingertips. One unique feature of the joystick is the declutch mechanism that allows for rapid repositioning of the joystick without moving the pipette. Combining this advanced joystick with the proven Sutter MP-285 manipulator technology creates an ideal system for intensive microinjection.

  • Height and tension adjustable inverted joystick for optimal ergonomics
  • Exceptionally smooth and responsive micropipette movement
  • "Home" position for fast micropipette exchange
  • User definable memory positions, including "Work" and Z-axis lower limit
  • Y-axis lock-out for pure X-axis travel
  • 25 mm of travel in all three axes
  • Touch declutch mechanism
  • 6 speeds from coarse to ultra-fine
  • USB Interface


25 mm on all three axes

Maximum Resolution
62.5 nm/microstep

Maximum Speed
5.5 mm/sec


X & Y Axis
1 joystick swing
Z axis
1 rotation
C 12,700 µm 3,200 µm
1 3,300 µm 800 µm
2 880 µm 400 µm
3 400 µm 200 µm
4 200 µm 100 µm
5 100 µm 50 µm

  • Inverted joystick with integral declutch
  • Height and resistance adjustable
  • Independent axis-polarity inversion
  • Independent axis-polarity switches
  • 6 speed settings
  • 'Setup' function
  • 1 user-defined set point ('Work')
  • 1 user-defined axis limit ('Z-floor')
  • 2 preset points ('Home' and 'Setup')
  • Y-axis lockout

Maxmimum Motor Speed / Travel Range
5.5 mm/s | 25 mm

Motor drive
112 mm x 185 mm x 145 mm

265 mm x 240 mm x 226 mm

407 mm x 280 mm x 101 mm

115/230 Volts
50/60 Hertz power line

CE Certificate

US Prices > XenoWorks Micromanipulator
International prices vary by country. Please contact your local distributor or Sutter Instrument for a quotation. Prices subject to change without notice.

XenoWorks Micromanipulator includes: 3 axis motor drive (left or right hand configuration), motor drive base plate, controller, joystick user-interface, connecting cables, and manual

Catalog Number Description Price
BRML XenoWorks Micromanipulator - LEFT hand configuration $ 16,450
BRMR XenoWorks Micromanipulator - RIGHT hand configuration $ 16,450

US Prices > Xenoworks Mounting Adapters
All microscope adapters are positionally independent and single-sided unless otherwise specified

Catalog Number Description Price
BR-L20 Leica DMIRB/E/IRE2 Adapter $ 505
BR-L30 Leica DMIL Adapter (manual or motorized stage) $ 505
BR-L30-H Leica DMIL Adapter with moving stage $ 505
BR-L40-2 Leica DMI 4000/5000/6000 Adapter (double-sided) $ 555
BR-N10 Nikon TMD Adapter $ 505
BR-N25 Nikon TE200/300 Adapter $ 505
BR-N27 Nikon TE2000 Adapter $ 505
BR-N29 Nikon Ti Adapter $ 505
BR-N29-M Nikon Ti Adapter for scopes w/ motorized stage $ 505
BR-N31 Nikon Ti2 Adapter $ 505
BR-N31-2 Nikon Ti2 Adapter (double-sided) $ 1,010
BR-N33-L XenoWorks Nikon TS2 Stage Adapter (left) $ 505
BR-N33-R XenoWorks Nikon TS2 Stage Adapter (right) $ 505
BR-N33-2 XenoWorks Nikon TS2 Stage Adapter (double-sided) $ 1,010
BR-Y50 Olympus IX50/70 Adapter $ 505
BR-Y51 Olympus IX51/71/81 Adapter $ 505
BR-Y51-FL Olympus IX51/71/81 Adapter w/ ZDC autofocus (left) $ 580
BR-Y51-FR Olympus IX51/71/81 Adapter w/ ZDC autofocus (right) $ 580
BR-Y73 Olympus IX53/73/83 Adapter $ 505
BR-Y73-2 Olympus IX53/73/83 Adapter (double-sided) $ 1010
BR-Z30 Zeiss Axiovert 100/135 Adapter $ 505
BR-Z35 Zeiss Axiovert 200 Adapter $ 505
BR-Z40 Zeiss Axio Observer Adapter $ 505
BR-Z50 Zeiss Axiovert A1 Adapter $ 505
BR-CUST Custom microscope adapter $ 1,035

US Prices > Xenoworks Accessories

Catalog Number Description Price
BR-AW Rod holding clamp (rod OD 2-4 mm) $ 101
MT-81-DOV81 MT-81 stand with 8 inch dovetail $ 626
MT-81-DOV121 MT-81 stand with 12 inch dovetail $ 626
MAG-MT Magnetic feet (set of 4) $ 70
BR-HEA-CV Swing gate conversion for MP-285 / MP-225 $ 455

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