- Sample holders - standard models for typical biological samples or custom designed for unique applications.
- Stage mounting - standard mounting plates for microscopes as well as custom mounting for vertical and horizontal orientations.
- Work directly with Mad City Labs' design engineers to create the accessories needed for your experimental setup at minimal additional cost.
- Avoid in-house machine shop delays
Microscope Mounting Adapters
Mount nanopositioners directly onto microscopes without a
coarse positioning stage
Biological Sample Holders
Petri dish holders
Multiwell plate holders
Compatible with 2.6” x 2.6” aperture stages:
Compatible with Nano-BioS and Nano-LPS Series stages:
Compatible with the Nano-ZL Series, motorized MicroStage, and manual MicroStage-LT:
Objective Lens Extender Tubes
The position of the microscope objective lens relative to
the sample is quite important. Adding a nanopositioning
stage to an existing microscope may raise the sample
location if a re-entrant sample holder is not used (see
Accessories pages). In some situations it may be preferable
to raise the objective lens to match the new sample
location. Mad City Labs offers standard lens extender
tubes with both RMS (Olympus, Zeiss, Leica) and
M25-0.75 (Nikon) threads. Extender tubes are available in 0.25 in. and 0.5 in. lengths.
Nano-Drive® and Micro-Drive™ Rack Mount Kits
Nano-Drive® and Micro-Drive™ controllers can be mounted
into standard equipment racks by attaching optional
rack mount kits. All Mad City Labs controllers fit into
the industry standard “2U” height (3.47 inches). Multiaxis
Nano-Drive® controllers and the Micro-Drive™ controllers
are the full rack width and can be mounted with
narrow brackets. Single axis Nano-Drive® controllers are
one half rack width and use extended mounting brackets.
Rack mount kits are optional accessories that can be
ordered with complete systems or purchased separately
by contacting Mad City Labs.
Gamepad Nanopositioner Control
NanoControl, a new LabVIEW program written by Mad City Labs, provides manual motion control of multi-axis nanopositioning stages using a Logitech wireless gamepad. Gamepad joysticks and buttons are user configurable and can be setup to suit the nanopositioning application. The nanopositioner’s rate of acceleration is easily set with an on-screen control knob. Onscreen position readouts show the stage location in every axis of motion. Communication with the Nano-Drive® controller takes place over its USB interface. NanoControl is an executable LabVIEW program that operates on any Windows based PC and is available at no charge with every USB enabled nanopositioning system.
Gamepad MicroStage Control
The new LabVIEW program, MicroControl, provides
manual motion control of Mad City Labs’ motorized
MicroStage by use of a Logitech wireless gamepad.
Gamepad joysticks and buttons are user configurable and can be chosen to suit the specific application. An on-screen control panel shows the stage position as measured by the MicroStage high resolution linear encoders. Stage speed of motion can also be easily
set with the MicroControl displayed parameters. For precise displacements, specific stage motions can also be input numerically - bypassing the joystick controller. MicroControl source code is provided for experienced LabVIEW programmers who may wish to modify the vi code. MicroControl is also provided as an executable program for users who do not own LabVIEW. MicroControl is compatible with all Windows based PC’s and is available at no charge for all USB enabled MicroStage systems.
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