4-Axis Motorized Micromanipulator

The QUAD® motorized micromanipulator is easy to use and features four independent axes. Each axis has a 25mm range of motion, a digital display of position and an ROE control. The compact, intuitive controller takes up minimal bench space, is fan free and is easy to use. Three axes provide the X, Y, Z-orthogonal motion typical of most motorized micromanipulators. In the QUAD, Sutter introduces a true fourth axis to move the electrode coaxially at exactly the desired angle of approach. The fourth axis has 30mm of travel that significantly extends the range of travel for the system.

The QUAD is very easy to operate. The compact design takes up minimal bench space, has ROE control, a digital display of position, is fan free and intuitive to use. ROE inputs for each axis allow facile manual control of electrode position. Five conveniently located buttons control all of the basic functions that you will need in normal operation. Press and hold the [WORK] button to quickly store a work position; press [WORK] again and the manipulator will return to the same location. [HOME] sends the manipulator to an initial location or any user defined position, which is useful for changing electrodes rapidly. When you are ready to begin collecting data the motor drive electronics can be suppressed by pressing [LOCK]. Display coordinates can be zeroed at any location by pressing [RELATIVE]; go back to absolute coordinates by pressing [RELATIVE] again. Finally, [PULSE] activates a pulse movement mode that produces small, rapid bursts of motion that can be advantageous for sharp electrode cell penetration.

  • Four independent axes - 30 mm travel in diagonal for coaxial pipette movement, 25 mm travel in X, Y and Z
  • Sub-micron 100 nm resolution
  • True diagonal assures coaxial movement
  • Quiet mode eliminates electrical noise
  • Display indicates coordinates in relative or absolute
  • User-friendly, fanless compact controller with ROE preserves bench space
  • Push button control of multiple functions - WORK, HOME, LOCK, PULSE and RELATIVE
  • Robotic HOME and WORK position moves for easy automated pipette exchange
  • Suited for in vivo electrophysiological recording
  • USB interface for computer control


30 mm on diagonal 4th axis
25 mm on X, Y and Z axes

Long Term Stability
< 1.0 micron in 4 hours

Control Box
5.5 in x 7.5 in x 4 in | 14 cm x 19 cm x 10.2 cm

2.2 lbs | 1.0 kg

115/230 Volts
50/60 Hertz power line

QUAD CE Certificate

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

Catalog Number Description Price
QUAD-L* 4-axis manipulator with ROE controller, left-handed setup $ 9,520
QUAD-R* 4-axis manipulator with ROE controller, right-handed setup $ 9,520

MT-78-FS Fixed platform stage plate with imperial/standard holes, chamber insert and gantry supports $ 4,695
MT-78-FS/M6 Same as MT-78-FS with M6 tapped holes $ 4,695

MT-75 Standard gantry stand 8.7 to 13.4 in (22.1 to 33.9 cm) $ 1,016
MT-75S Short gantry stand 6.7 to 9.6 in (16.9 to 24.4 cm) $ 1,016
MT-75T Tall gantry stand 10.7 to 15.4 in (27.1.9 to 39.1 cm) $ 1,156
MT-75XT Extra tall gantry stand 14.7 to 18.5 in (37.4 to 47 cm) $ 1,156

MT-81-DOV81 MT-81 stand with 8 inch dovetail $ 755
MT-81-DOV121 MT-81 stand with 12 inch dovetail $ 755

285204 4 inch dovetail extension $ 82
225RBI Rotating base $ 930
221165 Z-axis vertical extension $ 129
BR-AW Rod clamp for XenoWorks injectors (for rod OD 2-4mm) $ 125
BR-AW-L Long rod clamp for XenoWorks injectors (for rod OD 2-4mm) $ 147
MP-RISER-0.52 1/2 inch riser $ 165
MP-RISER-1.02 1 inch riser $ 226
MP-CLIP3 Rod holder (for rod OD 1 mm to 4 mm) $ 125
MP-ROD Rod holder (for rod OD 6.25 mm or larger) $ 125
EHOLDER Micropipette holder - 1.0-1.5 mm glass $ 147

* Manipulator will be preconfigured as a convenience. Customer may change orientation in the field.
1 Useful for low profile stereoscopes and microinjection
2 Risers can be combined to achieve desired height
3 Suitable for multi-electrode probes

For detailed information on mounting our micromanipulators, refer to the Mounting Systems section or phone for assistance.

MT-1078 / MT-2078
MT-1000 / MT-2000
MD Series