X-Axis Manual Linear Translation Stages

X-Axis Manual Linear Translation Stages

X-axis manual linear translation stages are designed to provide precise, high-resolution travel over a single linear degree of freedom. More importantly, however, they constrain any form of movement in the other 5 degrees of freedom: pitch, yaw, roll, as well as y-, or z-axis translation.  They are frequently used in applications such as microscopy, metrology, optical fiber alignment, optical delay lines, interferometry, or wherever exact linear position is required.  Industries that utilize linear stages include research, bio-medical, life sciences, astronomy, metrology, semiconductor, and more.  OptoSigma offers the largest selection of X-axis linear translation stages to meet virtually any application.  For example,  we have the most bearing options of any manufacturer, including  EXC™ precision bearing, ball bearing, crossed-roller bearing, linear bearing, and dovetail bearing.   If one of our many catalog stages does not meet your requirements, send us a request for a custom stage.  OptoSigma is, after all, the industry leader in translation stages.

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Selection Guide for Stage Bearings


Bearing Type

General Performance Category



Bearing Contact

Primary Stage Material

Standard Platform Sizes

Precision EXC™ Bearing

Best Performance

EXC™ bearing technology is used exclusively in our highest performing stages.   The bearing ways are processed directly into the body of the stage rather than being separate parts.

  • Travel straightness
  • Load capacity
  • Stiffness
  • Lowest profile

Extended-Arc Contact

Hardened Tool Steel or Stainless Steel (vacuum compatible)

□(25, 40, 60, 65, 80, 100, 120) mm

Crossed-Roller Bearing

High Performance

Crossed Roller bearing stages provided a good balance of straightness and load capacity

Line Contact


□(25, 40, 60, 65, 80, 100, 120, 200, 300) mm


Ball Bearing

Better Performance

Ball-bearing stages provide cost-effective solutions for standard lab and research applications

  • Affordable
  • Many size options

Point Contact


□(25, 40, 60, 65) mm

Dovetail Bearing

Good Performance

Dovetail Bearing stages Best for use in OEM Set-and-Lock applications

  • Load capacity
  • Shock loads

Planar Contact


□(15, 25, 40, 60, 65) mm

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