Linear Translation Stage Guide

Linear Translation Stage Basics

A linear translation stage is used to precisely position an object along a single axis. Linear stages include a moving platform and stationary base joined by a bearing system. Position is controlled with a precision linear actuator like an adjustment screw, micrometer head, or motorized actuator. For more information on linear translation stage basics, see our Linear Translation Stage Technology Guide. For applications requiring long travel, heavy loads, or high speeds we recommend our Motorized Linear Stages.

Select Your Travel Requirements

Select Your Axes of Travel

Another starting point for linear stage selection is the number of axes required. For a single axis of horizontal linear travel choose the X configuration. Most X type stages are modular and can also be configured for multi-axis travel by stacking additional stages. We also offer linear translation stages preconfigured for XY, XZ, and XYZ multi-axis travel. For pure vertical travel applications choose the Z configuration or try one of our Vertical Positioners.

Popular Stainless Steel and Steel Translation Stage Families

Stainless Steel construction is preferred for applications requiring high stability and rigidity. A selection of our popular product families is shown below. Vacuum compatible versions are also available.

Popular Aluminum Translation Stage Families

Anodized Aluminum construction is a lower cost and lighter weight option for applications not requiring the stability and rigidity of Stainless Steel. A selection of our popular Aluminum translation stage families is shown below.