Large-Area Translation Stages

  • Hand Operated Translation with Position Lock
  • Fine Adjustment Using Hex Key Socket
  • 0.5" (12.7 mm) Deck Height
  • Adapter Plates for 2-Axis Configurations

Motion Locking

Fine Adjustment
Using Hex Key



Adapter Plates


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Item # TBB0606
Travel Range 2.4" (60 mm) 4.8" (120 mm)
Working Height 0.5 " (12.7 mm)
Rack and Pinion
Adjustment Ratio
31.4 mm per rev of Hex Screw
Max Load Capacity 44 lb (20 kg)
Rack and Pinion
Load Capacity
22 lb (10 kg)
Run Out Over Full
Travel Range
<50 μm
Pitch Deviation ±0.015° ±0.025°
Yaw Deviation ±0.005° ±0.01°
Outer Dimensions
(W x D)
6" x 7.66"
(150.0 mm x 191.7 mm)
12" x 13.66"
(300.0 mm x 341.4 mm)
Moving Platform Dimensions
(W x D)
6.0” x 5.95”
(150.0 mm x 147.6 mm)
12.0” x 11.92”
(300.0 mm x 297.5 mm)
Weight 1.7 lb (780 g) 6.7 lb (3.06 kg)
Construction Solid Aluminum
Finish Black Anodized


  • Hand Operated Translation
  • Fine Adjustment via Rack and Pinion Using 2 mm Hex Key Socket
  • Two Imperial and Two Metric Sizes Available (See Table to the Right)
  • 0.5" (12.7 mm) Deck Height Matches Standard Breadboards
  • Position Locking via 2 mm Setscrew
  • Black Anodized Aluminum Construction

These Large-Area Translation Stages are available in two imperial and two metric sizes: 6" x 7.66" (TBB0606), 12" x 13.66" (TBB1212), 150 mm x 191.7 mm (TBB1515/M), and 300 mm x 341.4 mm (TBB3030/M). They have been designed for use in applications requiring adjustable positioning of a complete experiment. The TBB0606 (TBB1515/M) provides 2.4" (60 mm) of travel, whereas the TBB1212 (TBB3030/M) provides 4.8" (120 mm) of travel.

Coarse positioning is achieved simply by pushing the moving platform. Fine positioning over the full range of travel is achieved by adjustment of the rack and pinion using a 2 mm hex key. Motion can be locked by tightening the locking screw with a 2 mm hex key.

The working height of all the stages is 0.5" (12.7 mm), which is the same as our standard MB series breadboards. They are through-drilled with 1/4"-20 (M6) threaded holes in the standard 1" (25 mm) offset hole pattern. Two stages can be fixed together in a 2-axis XY configuration by using the appropriate TBBA series adapter plates described below. The height of the 2-axis assembly is 32.75 mm (1.29"). The finish on the stages and adapter plates is a black, low reflective anodized coating.

Posted Comments:
Nitesh Singh  (posted 2023-06-27 03:58:28.947)
Please have an option of at least 75x75 aperture. As some experiments it has required us to have such stages at some elevation with see through window.
do'neill  (posted 2023-06-28 04:07:17.0)
Response from Daniel at Thorlabs. Thank you for you feedback and you suggestion, we will look into this. In the meantime I will reach out to you to discuss your application and see if I can help.
John M  (posted 2020-11-24 16:46:12.73)
Is the travel for the TBB1212 4.8" in both directions or 2.4" in either direction?
cwright  (posted 2020-11-25 09:41:46.0)
Response from Charles at Thorlabs: Hello John, the travel range of the TBB1212 is a total of 4.8", with 2.4" of travel in either direction from the centre.
Sunmin Ryu  (posted 2020-03-06 03:02:39.32)
Is this correct? 31 mm per revolution is not fine adjustment. Rack and Pinion Adjustment Ratio: 31.4 mm per rev of Hex Screw
AManickavasagam  (posted 2020-03-09 12:26:13.0)
Response from Arunthathi at Thorlabs: Thanks for your query. Fine positioning is achieved by adjustment of the rack and pinion using a hex key and this would be 31.4 mm per rev of hex screw. This was termed fine positioning relatively comparing it to coarse adjustment which is done by pushing the moving platform.
GARY FRENCH  (posted 2020-03-02 16:20:03.037)
AManickavasagam  (posted 2020-03-05 03:35:50.0)
Response from Arunthathi @ Thorlabs: Thanks for your query. Yes, the TBB0606 and the TBB1212 comes with 1/4-20 and the metric versions (/M) comes with M6 hole pattern.
Kai.Viherkanto  (posted 2018-11-07 11:51:58.437)
Could you make TBB1212 with a longer travel, up to 300 mm? Or is it possible to connect two on top of each other and still support 20 kg in the extreme position? Do you have another platform solution for ca 300 mm linear travel? Best regards Kai Viherkanto
AManickavasagam  (posted 2018-11-09 09:57:45.0)
Response from Arunthathi @ Thorlabs: Thanks for your query. Apologies we are unable to offer longer travel TBB* stage. Mounting two TBB1212 on top of each other will allow to support ~ 16.5 kgs (excluding the weight of the mounted stage which is 3.06 kgs) at the extreme positions. Unfortunately, there is no similar platform alternative for 300 mm travel, the only other option we could offer, if suitable for your application would be to mount a breadboard on a LTS300 stage. Thanks.
thibaut.moulin  (posted 2018-01-16 14:59:10.7)
Good product but the the fine adjustment with rack and pinion is not manufacturing with good quality. Plastic material is not good for the life of the stage. A aluminium rack and pinion should be better and a accurate fine adjustment too. Please upgrade this excellent solution.
AManickavasagam  (posted 2018-01-19 08:28:04.0)
Response from Arunthathi at Thorlabs: Thank you for your feedback. our stages do get tested extensively for high reliability and lifetime. However, I will pass on your comments to our engineers.
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Large-Area Translation Stages

Translating Mounted HeNe Laser
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HeNe Laser Mounted on TBB0606 Using Ø1.5" Post and Previous Generation C1503 Kinematic V-Clamp
  • Coarse Adjustment by Hand:
    • TBB0606: 2.4"
    • TBB1212: 4.8"
    • TBB1515/M: 60 mm
    • TBB3030/M: 120 mm
  • Hex Screw Adjustment: 31.4 mm per Revolution
  • Array of 1/4"-20 (M6) Tapped Mounting Holes

These large-area translation stages are ideal for adjusting the position of an entire subassembly on the optical table. Two imperial and two metric sizes are available. Imperial stages include an array of 1/4"-20 tapped holes, while metric stages feature M6 tapped holes.

Two large-area translation stages can be combined to form an XY stage using the 2-axis adapter plates sold separately below.

Based on your currency / country selection, your order will ship from Newton, New Jersey  
+1 Qty Docs Part Number - Imperial Price Available
TBB0606 Support Documentation
TBB0606Large-Area Translation Stage, 6" x 7.66", 1/4"-20 Tapped Holes
TBB1212 Support Documentation
TBB1212Large-Area Translation Stage, 12" x 13.66", 1/4"-20 Tapped Holes
+1 Qty Docs Part Number - Metric Price Available
TBB1515/M Support Documentation
TBB1515/MLarge-Area Translation Stage, 150 mm x 191.7 mm, M6 Tapped Holes
TBB3030/M Support Documentation
TBB3030/MLarge-Area Translation Stage, 300 mm x 341.4 mm, M6 Tapped Holes
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2-Axis Adapter Plates

Typical Application
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Two TBB0606 Stages Shown in an XY Configuration
Typical Application
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TBBA0606 Installation Details
  • Assemble 2-Axis Large-Area Translation Stages
  • Two Adapter Plates Included
  • Easy Assembly using Eight 1/4"-20 (M6) Cap Screws

These adapter plates allow our large-area translation stages featured here to be mounted in a 2-axis XY configuration. The TBBA0606 (TBBA1515/M) is for use with TBB0606 (TBB1515/M) stages, whereas the TBBA1212 (TBBA3030/M) is for use with TBB1212 (TBB3030/M) stages. Please note that these plates are for use only with stages of the same type. The working height of the resulting 2-axis stage assembly is 32.75 mm (1.29”), with the full travel range in both X and Y directions.

Based on your currency / country selection, your order will ship from Newton, New Jersey  
+1 Qty Docs Part Number - Imperial Price Available
TBBA0606 Support Documentation
TBBA06062-Axis Adapter Plates for TBB0606 Stages
TBBA1212 Support Documentation
TBBA12122-Axis Adapter Plates for TBB1212 Stages
+1 Qty Docs Part Number - Metric Price Available
TBBA1515/M Support Documentation
TBBA1515/M2-Axis Adapter Plate for TBB1515/M Stages
TBBA3030/M Support Documentation
TBBA3030/M2-Axis Adapter Plate for TBB3030/M Stages