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Sutter Manipulators Overview

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QUAD, the newest Sutter Instrument motorized micromanipulator, is easy-to use and features four independent axes. Three axes provide the X, Y, Z-orthogonal motion typical of most motorized micromanipulators. In the QUAD, Sutter introduces a true fourth axis to move the electrode coaxially at exactly the desired angle of approach.

Sutter QUAD 4 Axis

The flagship in our line of precision micromanipulators, the motorized MP-285 is affordable yet offers advanced features found in manipulators costing thousands more. Custom engineered stepping motors, precision cross-roller bearing slides and proprietary worm gear capstan drives form the basis of the watch-like mechanical system.

MP-285 Manipulator

Our new MP-265/M “narrow format” mechanical is designed especially for patch-slice manipulator systems that require more than 2 or 3 pipettes. Coupled with our multi-manipulator controller, MPC-200, users have the ability to easily build up multi-manipulator MPC-365 systems for positioning multiple recording and stimulating pipettes.

MP-265 Manipulator

The MP-225 is a newer member of the Sutter Instrument Company micromanipulator line. Production and design changes have allowed them to produce a motorized manipulator that is a more affordable alternative to the industry standard MP-285. It is suitable for patch clamp experiments, extracellular recording, microinjection, intra-cellular recording and precision robotic positioning applications.

MP 225

Neurobiological experiments are becoming more complex. Many require multiple manipulators with control units that quickly become space and/or cost prohibitive. The MPC-200 is the solution you have been asking for — a single controller/ROE capable of running 2 manipulators. The MPC-200 works with one or two world-renowned mechanicals, the MP-285 or the MP-225.

MPC-200 Manipulator

Many imaging experiments require the ability to move to multiple locations in a chamber or in a tissue culture dish. Large motorized stages accomplish this, but generally make the microscope into a single-use, motorized imaging station. The form factor of motorized stages usually precludes positioning other equipment such as manipulators at the same microscope.

3D Motorized Stage

The classic micromanipulator developed by Sir Huxley many years ago is still considered by many investigators to be the finest manual micromanipulator available. The MP-85 offers the advantage of a very large range of movement with its built-in coarse manipulator and precise submicron movement with the fine controls.

MP-85 Manipulator

The MM-33 is the right choice for tight environments which require maximum versatility within a small space. The vertical lock is ideal for locking the position of the vertical axis and increasing stability. The optional rotating base and tiltable X-axis provide even further flexibility.

MM-33 Micromanipulator

The MM-6 micropositioner is light weight, accurate, compact device designed to eliminate many research and design problems, especially in the case of space limitations. Hardened steel precision pre-loaded ball bearing slides and high resolution thumbscrew movement assure smooth motion, precision, and excellent load bearing capacity.

MM-6 Micropositioner

The MT-2000 is a motorized microscope translator system including fixed-stage and manipulator supports. The modular MT-2000 features free-standing columns that provide rock solid mounting for the tissue recording chamber and multiple micromanipulators. A two-axis rotary optical encoder (ROE) accepts user input to the motorized translator and can be placed in any convenient location in your setup.

MT-2000 Mounting System

The MT-1000 is a microscope translator, fixed-stage and manipulator platform for moving optical pathway electrophysiology. The MT-1000 features free-standing columns that provide solid mounting for the tissue recording chamber and multiple micromanipulators, such as the MP-285 or MP-225. The columns are positioned around a movable table that provides X-Y translation of the optical pathway.

MT-1000 Mounting System

These stands are sturdy, stable, and extremely versatile for mounting components for a variety of research applications. They were designed for placing heavy Huxley-style micromanipulators adjacent to any microscope. We found them to be so useful and adaptable that we also use them for mounting other items such as optical components.

MT-70 Mounting

For ultimate flexibility in positioning micromanipulators or other devices adjacent to your microscope, look to these stands. These unique gantry systems offer adjustable vertical and horizontal axes and up to 360 degrees of rotation.

MT-75 Mounting

Designed for experiments where a large single stage is dictated, the MT-78 or MT-78-FS large-stage platforms provide solid, stable support and ample space to attach manipulators and other instruments as needed. The rigid aluminum top plate sits firmly on two of our well-known MT-75 gantry-style stands.

MT-78 Moving

Use the MP-285 or MP-225 manipulator with an inverted microscope using a Sutter Microscope Dependent (MD-Series) stand. The typical MD stand is a manipulator platform that bolts directly to the frame of an inverted microscope. Stands are available in either single-sided or double-sided versions for the most common inverted microscopes made by Nikon, Olympus, Leica, and Zeiss.

MD Series Platforms

Sutter Instrument is now offering several systems or “Big Kits” that include dual manipulators and either manipulator stands and scope translator or large moving stage and a dual manipulator system as one big kit. By specifying and offering the Big Kit systems, Sutter is able to extend significant price savings over the same components purchased separately.

Bundled Electrophys Systems