Triple Axis Micromanipulator

Smallest high performance micromanipulators for electrophysiology, microinjections and optogenetics.

Key features

  1. 20 mm range with 7 nm resolution (XYZ)
  2. Zero drift solid-state technology
  3. Totally powered off during recordings
  4. Easy-to-use pipette exchange mechanisms
  5. Compact battery operated controller
  6. Up to 14 manipulator systems

“A good micromanipulator is solidly constructed and compact, so that the moment arm from the tip of the electrode, through the body of the manipulator, to the cell in the chamber, is as short as possible. Ideally, the micromanipulator should be attached close to the chamber; preferably bolted directly to the microscope stage.”

The Axon Guide: Electrophysiology and Biophysics Laboratory Techniques. 3rd Edition (2012).

Smaller size = better stability

  • Close-up installation minimizes lever arms for mechanical vibrations
  • Minimize thermal drifts: 50 mm smaller means 1 μm/°C less drift

… and easiest installation

  • Fits to even most space constrained environments
  • Add as many manipulators to your rig as you need – scalable and cost efficient solution!

“Importantly, approaching a cell at the lower speeds is smooth with minimal tip vibration thus minimizing tissue and cell disruption during patch formation. Once a recording is established the manipulators are extremely stable allowing for prolonged monitoring of neuronal activity.”

Dr. Kenneth Pelkey, McBain lab, NIH.

Specifications – Micromanipulator


Positioning range20x20x20 mm3 (XYZ)
Resolution / repeatibility:5 nm / 100 nm
Max. speed5 mm/s
Load0–150 g
True approach angle0–45 | 90* degrees
4th axis:virtual | physical (optional)
Table mounting:Bolt
Electrode exchange**:Side rotate | flip + slide
Dimensions:42x77x95 mm
  • Table mounting: magnet & bolt
  • Electrode exchange: back-flip | side-rotate with slide option
  • Electrode holder and headstage mounting adapters included

* Intermediate cable available for head-stage mounting

Specifications – Controller


BatteriesLi-ion (rechargeable), up to 1 week usage time
AC charger90-264 V, 50-60 Hz
Dimensions120x95x123 mm
  • Rotary knob controller with backlit display
  • Five speed settings + Impalement mode
  • Single controller can operate up to 14 micromanipulators
  • Zero noise recording mode
  • USB computer interface + open-source software development kit
  • 2 year warranty with free firmware updates for registered users

Micromanipulator comparison

 SENSAPEXScientifica MicrostarBurleigh PCS6200Sutter MPC-265
Operating principleLinear piezo-driveStepper motorStepper motor + piezoStepper motor
Positioning range
X / Y / Z / D [mm]
20 / 20 / 20 / 2014 / 20 / 2025 / 25 / 25 (motor)
0.15 / 0.15 / 0.15 (piezo)
12.5 / 25 / 25
Step resolution5 nm20 nm1.6 µm / 60 nm (piezo)63 nm
Max. speed [mm/s]5 mm/sn/a3.5 mm/s2.9 mm/s
Size [W×H×L mm]39×93×10168×125×200213×188×17542×110×160
Cell impalementAdjustable piezo thrustsn/an/an/a
ControllerCompact, stand-alone
Battery operated
Up to 65536 manipulators
Rack controller + remote
Mains, AC 50/60 Hz
Up to 2 manipulators
Controller box + remote
Mains, AC 50/60 Hz
Up to 2 manipulators
Rack controller + remote
Mains, AC 50/60 Hz 
Up to 2 manipulators
PC controlEthernet
Free open-source software
Free software
Free software
Free software
Pipette exchangeBack-flip +slide