Crucial for every experimental setup is a stable mounting system. The Scientifica range of slice platforms, top plates and microscope stages has been developed for researchers using upright or inverted microscopes who would like to move outside the field of view of the objective. Various configurations can achieve this in different ways, either by translating the entire microscope between fixed apparatus, or where laser inputs or other limitations prevent this, by translating the sample and manipulators as one around a fixed microscope.
The height-adjustable fixed SlicePlatform, available in upright and inverted configurations, are compatible with microscopes from Olympus, Zeiss, Nikon, and Leica. SlicePlatforms are designed to be extremely stable and offer a large, durable mounting surface for versatile arrangement of manipulators and other devices. SlicePlatforms are usually applied in combination with a manual or motorised translation stage, allowing the microscope objective to be positioned over the complete preparation. Microscope stages are available in motorised and manual versions and are designed to support even the heaviest microscopes from Olympus, Zeiss, Nikon, and Leica.
As an alternative to this approach, moveable top plates enable micromanipulators, the sample and any other equipment to be translated in the X and Y axis, while keeping the microscope position fixed. With 25mm of travel, this movement can be manual, or with motorised control via a cube, patch pad, joystick or software.