MT990 Motorized Precision Microtome

Universal, Heavy Duty Microtome for a Wide Variety of Applications
in Histopathology and Materials Research

  • With a Motorized programmable automatic trim, the Microtome MT-990 cuts paraffin, plastic, and hard specimens.
  • Optional cryoattachment permits sectioning from ambient temperature to -140C
  • Selectable cutting window

Designed for:
Atomic Force Microscopy
Scanning Probe Microscopy
Scanning Electron Microscopy
Optical Microscopy

Ideal for applications in:
Forensic Science
Quality Control
Materials Research


  • Motorized programmable automatic trim
  • Cuts paraffin, plastic and hard specimens
  • Motorized cutting stroke may also be used manually
  • Motorized knife stage, 28mm maximum travel
  • Feed totalizer, selectable for either total feed in micrometers or total number of sections
  • Separate controller for hands-off operation

Consisting of motorized microtome, control unit, 24 VDC power supply and section waste tray. Motorized cutting mechanism and feed system mounted on heavy base casting within an enclosed housing. Vertical specimen stroke on monobloc specimen. Carriage to eliminate backlash and chatter.


  • Section thickness range: 0.25 to 30 microns in 0.25 micron increments
  • Vertical cutting stroke (manual or motorized) 64mm
  • Horizontal knife advance (motorized) 28mm
  • Cutting speed range 0.1 to 330mm/sec
  • Adjustable cutting zone
  • Accelerated return stroke
  • Automatic trimming in defined steps
  • Positive hand wheel locking with additional emergency electronic brake
  • Supplied complete with the following:
  • Separate touch panel control unit featuring:
  • Digital section counter
  • Digital feed totalizer in microns
  • Cutting mode control: Continuous cut, single stroke, intermittent cut
  • 4-channel memory for storing section thickness/cutting speed combinations
  • Fast coarse feed advance/reverse control
  • Step advance for electronic trimming
  • Section waste tray
  • Instruction manual


Retraction:   50-60microns

Section Thickness Range:   0.25-30microns

Automatic Trim:   Motorized, Programmable

Maximum Feed:   Motorized Knife Stage, 28mm

Section Counter:   Digital LED display of number of sections with reset button

Feed Totalizer:   Digital LED display of feed in microns

Stroke Motorized, 64mm (40mm with cryo)

Cutting Speed Range:   1-330mm/sec

Max. Specimen Size:   50 x 55mm

Specimen Holders:

Quick release cassette clamp

Standard fixed jaw


Specimen orientation mount (formerly arc segment mount) with universal holder for round or flat plastic embedded specimens

Knife Holders:

Standard Type N for conventional steel knives

Disposable (High or Low Profile) Type E



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Dimension:   H: 279mm x W: 273mm x L: 457mm (H: 11” x W: 10.75” x L:18”)

Weight 32kg (70lbs.)

  • Microtome: L: 475mm x W: 290mm x H: 290mm (24.5 kg.)
  • Control unit: L: 370mm x W: 210mm x H: 112mm (1.8 kg.)
  • Power supply: L: 255mm x W: 125mm x H: 70mm (1.5 kg.)
  • Power requirement: 100/120/220/240 Vac 50/60 Hz power input

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