Mad City Labs’ Nano-Route®3D is a LabVIEW based motion control and data acquisition program that allows users to command our USB-enabled Nano-Drive® controllers. Upon start-up Nano-Route®3D identifies the attributes of the attached Nano-Drive® controller, the user then has the option to generate and run routes based on preloaded parameters or custom entered parameters. This capability allows both novice and experienced users to quickly generate customized motion control, including complex multi-axis routes. Routes can be generated via simple “go to” commands or more sophisticated point or time based functions. Motion commands to the Nano-Drive® controller can be issued via single write mode or waveform acquisition mode (single download of all data points) depending on application requirements. A graphical display previews the generated command route and may be edited prior to the route being run.
During execution of a route, Nano-Route®3D retains the ADC (sensor), and DAC (command) data retrieved from the Nano-Drive® controller. This information is displayed graphically in a separate window. The graphical representation can be customized and the information exported for analysis.
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- Easy to use graphical interface for both novice and experienced users
- Live position tracking
- Point and time based function paths
- Complex multi-axis route creation
- Control over pixel, line and frame clocks to facilitate complex path creation.
- Route preview window
- Graphical display of executed route (commanded and actual).
- Position information fully exportable
- LabVIEW compatible. Can be used “as is” or expanded by additional user generated programming.
LabVIEW - examples and tutorials
National Instruments’ LabVIEW is an established graphical
programming language specifically designed for scientific
measurement and control applications. Mad City
Labs’ USB computer interfaces are LabVIEW compatible
and come with examples which illustrate the operation of
nanopositioning stages under computer control. Often,
the LabVIEW examples are enough to allow experienced
programmers to move ahead into more complex control
schemes for specific nanopositioning applications. First
time and infrequent users of LabVIEW will find Mad
City Labs’ LabVIEW Tutorial a very helpful resource
to quickly understand the essential concepts and start
creating useful control software. Both the LabVIEW examples
and tutorial are provided free of charge with every
USB enabled nanopositioning system.
Mad City Labs’ programmers are available to write custom
LabVIEW vi’s for specific applications. Contact our
sales engineers to discuss the technical requirements of
your ideal nanopositioning control software.
Are you a researcher grappling with multiple hardware and image processing software packages? One
frequently asked question is "How can I make your hardware talk to our imaging software?". Mad City Labs has
developed a plug-in for ImageJ that allows ImageJ to run LabVIEW VI's within the ImageJ environment. This allows
users to unify their image acquisition and processing with any LabVIEW VI.
Mad City Labs microstages and nanopositioning systems are shipped with our LabVIEW based software, Nano-Route3D®. With the
ImageJVI plugin, users will be able to unify Nano-Route3D® (or any LabVIEW VI) and image acquistion.
As part of Mad CIty Labs continuing committment to providing microscopy solutions for researchers, ImageJVI is offered as a FREE
download. Users are encouraged to email their feedback via the website. Download your free copy of ImageJVI at ImageJVI.org.
Molecular Devices’ MetaMorph is an industry standard software package for microscope automation and image analysis. MetaMorph provides direct control of Mad City Labs’ nanopositioning stages using Mad City Labs’ digital USB computer interface in addition to the standard analog control signals. MetaMorph integrates high resolution nanopositioning with image acquisition and analysis. Direct programming control of the nanopositioning stage is handled in MetaMorph - making knowledge of specific nanopositioning control commands unnecessary.
Confocal image of cortical microtubules in Arabidopsis cells. Image courtesy of Dr. Sidney L. Shaw, IUB Light Microscopy Imaging Center
Image-Pro with Scope-Pro
MediaCybernetics’ Scope-Pro microscope control module
works within the Image-Pro family of image acquistion
and analysis software to form an integrated microscopy
software package. Scope-Pro directly controls Mad
City Labs nanopositioning systems through standard
analog control signals as well as the optional Nano-
Drive® USB digital computer interfaces.
Confocal image of pancreatic islet cell. Image courtesy of Dr. David Piston and Dr. Steven Head, Vanderbilt University
μManager with ImageJ
μManager is a widely accepted open source software
package for controlling microscopes and for image
acquisition. μManager combined with ImageJ, a popular
open source image processing and analysis package,
forms a powerful and adaptable research tool with an
active community of users. Mad City Labs contributed
adapters (specialized control software) to μManager to
provide direct control of Mad City Labs nanopositioning and micropositioning stages. All software can be
downloaded directly from the μManager and ImageJ
Intelligent Imaging Innovations (3i) latest digital
microscopy software, Slidebook 5.0, provides analog
motion control signals for single axis and XY-axis