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3 Axis Motorized Stage

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 microcope. 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 micron precision.

The 3DMS can be ordered with a stage configuration to fit the needs of your application.

  • Highly stable for experiments intolerant of pipette drift
  • Submicron resolution and integrated coarse positioning
  • 1 inch of motorized travel on all three axes
  • Adjustable speed and resolution allows optimization for your experimental setup
  • When used with MP-285 controller, has programmable robotics for complex motion sequences
  • Continuous display (in microns) of axes positions
  • Switch between continuous or single step movement
  • Absolute and relative origins
  • Remote computer control
  • Compact design easily adaptable to your setup


1 in | 25 mm on all three axes

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

Maximum Speed
2.9 mm/sec

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

Drive Mechanism
Precision worm gear capstan drive

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

4.5 in x 6 in x 6.25 in | 11 cm x 15 cm x 16 cm
4 in x 16 in x 12.25 in | 10 cm x 40.5 cm x 31 cm

3.85 lb | 1.7 kg
10 lb 11 oz | 4.5 kg

115/230 Volts
50/60 Hertz power line

RoHS Compliant

CE Certificate

International prices vary by country due to associated importation costs. Please contact your local distributor or Sutter Instrument for a quotation. Prices subject to change without notice.

Catalog Number Description Price
3DMS-285 Rack mount MP-285 controller, 3-axis motorized stage for microscope and 285ROE user interface, connecting cables, power cord and manual $ 9,270
3DMS-200 Rack mount MP-200 controller, 3-axis motorized stage for microscope and ROE-200 user interface, connecting cables, power cord and manual $ 9,930


Catalog Number Description Price
3DMS 3-axis motorized stage mechanical only $ 6,620
285DMS Stage bracket mount (converts MP-285 to stage) $ 550
M100106 Flat side panel for controller (each) $ 41

MD Series