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MCL MicroDrive

Summary:Controls Mad City Labs (MCL) Micro-Drive™ XY stage
Author:Mad City Labs
License:BSD
Platforms:Windows 7/8/10 (32 bit and 64 bit)
Devices:XYStage
Since version1.2.36
Example Config File:Example Config File (Sets up the Micro-Drive™ with the DemoCamera.)

The MCL Micro-Drive™ controls the MicroStage series stage devices.

The Micro-Drive™ is a USB enabled controller to be used with the motorized MicroStage series offered by Mad City Labs. The Micro-Drive™ allows control and reading of encoder position with resolution of 20nm and step-sizes down to 95nm. The MicroStage series can be used in conjunction with Mad City Labs Nanopositioning systems for a complete positioning solution.

Note
To correctly use the XY List feature, including the "Calibrate" button, the positioning type must be set to "Absolute" on the Device/Property Browser. However, "Calibrate" on the Device/Property Browser (see below) calibrates correctly using either absolute or relative positioning.


The following properties are currently implemented in the Micro-Manager MCL Micro-Drive&trade adapter:

PropertyDescription
Position Type Sets the positioning type as either absolute or relative positioning. The default positioning type is relative.
Set Origin Sets the current position as the origin by resetting the Micro-Drive™'s encoders.
Return to Origin Returns the MicroStage to the position defined as the origin.
Calibrate Calibrates the Micro-Drive™ by moving the MicroStage to the X and Y forward limits, setting this position as the origin, and returning the MicroStage to the position it was when calibrate was selected. This works exactly the same as the "Calibrate" button on the XY List but allows for calibration when positioning type is selected as relative.
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