Scientifica IVM Single Motorised Micromanipulator

Scientifica IVM Single

A single axis motorised manipulator developed in collaboration with leading researchers for demanding in vivo applications.

Compatible with a wide range of stereotaxic arms and the LBM-7 manipulator for microinjection, electrophysiology and viral injections among other applications.


Long travel

70 mm of travel to reach deep within your sample.

Ultra-stable design

Less than 1 µm drift over 2 hours for long-term experiments.

Super-smooth movement

20 nm resolution for absolute positioning.

Unique “creeper” function

Minimise tissue damage when penetrating deep into your sample by enabling your probe to "creep" to a desired position at a speed of your choice using the LinLab software.


Operate via our ergonomically designed remote control options or through our specially designed LinLab software.

Control options

Operate via our ergonomically designed remote control options or through our specially designed LinLab software.


Download the IVM Single brochure for more information.

Design & Specifications

Number of axes
Number of axes
Travel distance
Travel distance
70 mm
Electronic resolution
Electronic resolution
20 nm
Minimum step size
Minimum step size
0.1 µm
Minimum speed
Minimum speed
1 µm per second
Maximum speed
Maximum speed
4 mm per second
Memory positions
Memory positions
50 on control device (unlimited via LinLab)
LinLab for Windows


"Compared to other micromanipulators I have used, the Scientifica IVM allows us to isolate more cells and to record from each cell for a longer time."
Dr Nicholas Lesica, Ear Institute, University College London

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Dovetail Probe Holder (PH-1000)

Dovetail probe holder to fit bars/probes

Dovetail probe holder

Extended Right Angled Kopf Mount (IVM-650-00)

Allows the user to mount the IVM in one of four mounting positions on the Kopf or Stoelting manipulator.

LBM-7 Adjustable Mount (IVM-510-00)

This allows the approach axis of the LBM-7 to be removed, enabling the IVM be mounted in its place. It can then be rotated and locked in position at the correct angle.

LBM-7 Fixed Mount (IVM-505-00)

Allows the user to mount the IVM on the LBM-7 either to the approach axis stage or to the sliding carriage attached to the approach axis. If mounted on the approach axis stage it can only do so in the same axis as the stage. If mounted on the sliding bracket it can be mounted at 90º or in the same axis as the approach axis.

Extended Probe Holder

To hold capillary glass of 1-2 mm in diameter.

Right Angled Kopf Mount (IVM-520-00)

Allows the user to mount the IVM in a single mounting position on the Kopf or Stoelting manipulator.

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