P3A: 3-Axis XYZ 5x Flexure Nanopositioning Stage

I3005 Manual

Feature Summary

  • Patented Inline actuators provide ease of access and multiple unit workstations.
  • Patented 5x Ratio Drive™ system affords superior resolution for far less cost.
  • Small footprint allows multiple unit workstations.
  • Onboard controller for actuators avoids high cost of separate motion controllers.
  • Damped exterior shell design provides superior vibration and touch insensitivity.
  • Lightweight aluminum construction allows system to be moved easily by other motion equipment.
  • High mechanical stiffness affords rugged and stable base system.
  • Patented linear dual flexure Z offers frictionless repeatable straight travel.
  • Dual flexure Yaw and Pitch stages provide extreme resolution without arc error.

With positioning this easy... the possibilities are endless.


Superior Performance

Imagine a positioning system so stable and easy to adjust that singlemode optical fiber alignment is as simple as tuning a radio! No need to let go of the micrometers while adjusting - the I3005 is extremely touch insensitive. And with the patented ergonomic inline design, all the micrometers are easily accessible on one side - just rest your hand comfortably on the table and enjoy the ease and efficiency of quickly aligning any type of fiber. No fiber alignment challenge is too difficult - even 1-2 micron core lensed fibers can easily be aligned. This is possible because of the radical departure from conventional design.


The Luminos I3005 benefits from our patented Ratio Drive™ while all other stages are direct-drive. A standard micrometer, which has about 1/3 the backlash of a differential micrometer, is further improved by the 5x Ratio Drive™ resulting in a backlash of only 100 nanometers and an incredible single-sided resolution of just 5 nanometers!

The I3005 is extremely vibration and temperature insensitive. In an ordinary lab without an optical table, normal temperature fluctuations result in only 0.03 dB variation with no drift in a typical singlemode alignment for over a month.


I3000 Automated If you require more precision and need no more than 0.5 millimeters of automated travel on the X & Y axes, consider the I3000.

With this advanced design, upgrading to automation is easy and inexpensive. Our standard, low cost stepper motor option provides the I3005 with a resolution of 20 nanometers and 2.5 millimeters of travel on the X and Y axes. The Z axis provides a larger ½ inch (12.5mm) travel on the focal axis and a step size of 100 nanometers.

A kit (Part#:ACTKIT) is required for each automated positioner. It includes a software CD, a power adapter, a USB serial port adapter (in case your PC has no serial ports available) and the necessary cables. The CD includes ActiveX/COM software which provides a simple interface from LabVIEW 6i/8+/2010, Visual Basic 6, Visual C++ 6.0, or any .NET language.

The Challenge


So why not take the Luminos Challenge? If you buy one, we will give you one month to prove to yourself that this is the world's most accurate and easy-to-use 3 Axis stage. If you are not convinced, you can return it for a full refund. Join our list of satisfied customers who are truly amazed by the Luminos I3005.


With accessories ranging from fiber array holders to contact sensors, Luminos can get you out-fitted and up-and-running quickly on your applications.

Base Price (USD): $2709.74
P3A - X1 - X2 - X3 - X4 - X5 - X6
Option Description Price (USD)
X1: Z-Axis Actuator
M Imperial Micrometer $0.00
MM Metric Micrometer $0.00
Large Radius Imperial Micrometer
Large knob for easier fine adjustments (imperial).
Large Radius Metric Micrometer
Large knob for easier fine adjustments (metric).
D Differential Imperial Micrometer $586.29
B Stepper, Long Life, 0.2µm microstep, RS-232 Onboard Controller $1,204.60
A Stepper, Fine Travel, 0.1µm microstep, RS-232 Onboard Controller $1,418.92
X2: X-Axis Actuator
M Manual Micrometer $0.00
B Stepper, Long Life, 0.2µm microstep, RS-232 Onboard Controller $1,204.60
A Stepper, Fine Travel, 0.1µm microstep, RS-232 Onboard Controller $1,418.92
X3: Y-Axis Actuator
M Manual Micrometer $0.00
B Stepper, Long Life, 0.2µm microstep, RS-232 Onboard Controller $1,204.60
A Stepper, Fine Travel, 0.1µm microstep, RS-232 Onboard Controller $1,418.92
X4: Mounting Axis
The positioner is set up to be balanced in the horizontal and upright position. (This is the default configuration)
The postioner is set up to be balanced with the micrometers pointing up. This configuration requires more preload on the Z-axis.
X5: Side Damper
N None $0.00
Side damper installed. Quiets vibration in the Y axis.
X6: Units
Metric Mounting Plate
Imperial Mounting Plate

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Axis Actuator1 Coarse Total
Z - focus 12.7mm (0.5") N/A 12.7mm (0.5")
Y - vertical 2.5mm (0.1") 2.5mm (0.1")
X - lateral 2.5mm (0.1") 2.5mm (0.1")
Setability (Micrometer)
Axis Resolution2 Movement/Division
Z 0.25 micron (10µ-inch) 0.001"
Y 50nm (2µ-inch) 5µm
X 50nm (2µ-inch) 5µm
Resolution (Stepper Motor)
Axis Resolution Total Steps
Z 100nm (4µ-inch) 128 000
Y 20nm (0.8µ-inch) 128 000
20nm (0.8µ-inch) 128 000
Stage Configuration & Arc Error Motion
Axis  Flexure Type Drive Type Arc Error
Z  Dual Direct Drive None - True Linear Motion
Y  Single 5x Ratio Drive™ Max 30µm - Arc Error in Z only
X  Single 5x Ratio Drive™ Max 30µm - Arc Error in Z only
Linear Stiffness
Along Axis Stiffness Comments
Z 1600 kN/m measured at the center of the mounting plate
Y 1000 kN/m
X 260 kN/m
Torsional Stiffness
About Axis Stiffness Comments
Z - roll 900 Nm/rad measured at the center of the mounting plate
Y - yaw 1300 Nm/rad
X - pitch 1500 Nm/rad
Maximum Load
Static Load Transient Load Comments
2.2 lbs (1kg) 10 lbs (4.5kg) stage must be protected from shock loading during transport and usage
Physical Properties
Specifications Comments
Construction Aluminum 6061 & 7075 - T6 anodized
Weight 1.0kg Approximate
Body Dimensions 4.50" x 1.75" x 3.80" LxWxH excluding micrometers
Mounting Height 3.94"  Base to top of mounting plate
Mounting Config. 0.26" dia. holes 1.00" x 4.00" centers3
  1. Operator dependent
  2. Compatible with 1.00" grid optical tables, units mount on 2" intervals with 0.25" allowance for routing of cables etc.

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