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The Thorlabs Mini-Series is designed to increase the number of optical elements that can be assembled within a limited space. Our mini-series posts are ideal for miniature and OEM-level optomechanical assemblies. Also included in this series are post thread adapters used to interface our standard optomechanics with our mini-series posts and breadboards, or vice-versa.
The HW-KIT5 and HW-KIT5/M screw hardware kits have been introduced specifically to address the fastening requirements of our imperial and metric Mini-Series breadboards and components.
These Mini-Series Ø6 mm posts, which have a 4-40 (M3) setscrew in one end and a 4-40 (M3) tapped hole in the other end, are manufactured using nonmagnetic 303 series stainless steel.
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A Mini-Series Pedestal Post secured to a Mini-Series Breadboard using the MSC1 Clamping Fork.
These Ø12 mm pedestal posts provide a solid mounting structure for our mini-series optical mounts. These posts are made from a nominally nonmagnetic 300 series stainless steel. The top and bottom of the posts have 4-40 (M3) tapped holes. A setscrew is provided already mounted in the top of the post for connecting to our mini components.
Our aluminum clamping fork is designed to provide exceptional clamping force when used with our mini-series pedestal-style posts. Landing pads on the bottom surface of the clamping fork maximize stability when using a #4-40 (M3) cap screw and washer combination to lock down the post/fork combination. Please note that significant overtightening of clamping forks can deform the surface of an optical table, which can cause misalignment of components.
These thread adapters are designed to interface our standard-series and our mini-series optomechanical components. This is a portion of Thorlabs' complete line of thread adapters, which are available for many common thread standards.