XY Manual Linear Stages, XYZ and Z Stages
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A manual linear translation stage consists of a moving carrier or rail, a fixed base which supports a carrier plate, and a bearing interface allowing the carrier to slide on or against the base. It also has an actuator for positional control of the carrier. There are many design criteria involved in developing linear stages. These include material selection, bearing and flexure mechanisms, and drive options such as actuators and screws. Tutorial: How to Select a Manual Linear Stage »