Microdrives allow you to move your silicon probes after implantation to target multiple brain areas, increase yield of recorded neurons and counteract signal degradation, for example by gliosis. In addition, microdrives can protect your precious probes and make it possible to recover them after the experiment. We offer multiple types of microdrives with different features so that you can pick the one that fits you best.
Our main microdrive. Designed to maximize the protection of your probes, this 16mm long drive allows you to retract the entire shank of most silicon probes inside the drive, resulting in superior protection from the start – before implant surgery – until the end of the experiment. The drive is custom-print for the silicon probes you use, to ensure best fit and smallest footprint possible for your probes. You trade reusability of the drive for protection and usability of the probe.
If want to try our drive out, we recommend our starter kit, which includes two drives and a few accessories.
Developed by the Buzsáki lab, this open source metal microdrive is recoverable and reusable. Accessories help to implant, explant, or use probes on the drive for acute experiments. Instructions for making this drive can be found online – we offer completely assembled versions at the price of the parts for the do-it-yourself version.
Accessories for drive implants
We offer a broad variety of accessories for chronic rodent electrode implants, such as protective caps, headplates, and implantation tools.
The 3Dneuro crown
Our multipurpose crown is a 3D printed protective scaffold that is implanted around a microdrive. It is flexible, yet sturdy, to protect the implant from physical damage. In addition, it features a Faraday cage and connector holder to mechanically decouple the implanted probes from the connector to the tether cable.
It optionally comes with attachments for head fixation.
To make the implantation process as seamless as possible, we offer a set of holders to facilitate loading of the silicon probes onto the drives and implantation of the drives. They are also part of our starter kit.
We offer multiple headplates in metal and plastic for head fixed experiments in mice.
Custom implants and tools
Sometimes, what’s out there is just quite right for your needs. We’re happy to help in adjusting existing implant designs for your experiment. And if nothing exists that works for you, we can discuss how to make something completely new.