Thorlabs Performance optical breadboards provide a stable environment for general research and product development.
Minimum Relative Breadboard Motion
The Performance range incorporates a double plate, single-honeycomb design, providing excellent stiffness and dynamic rigidity. The top layer consists of a stainless steel top plate. The second layer adds the main steel honeycomb structure and the stainless steel bottom plate. The main honeycomb core is fabricated from strips of precision-formed plated steel, which is bonded together with a high tensile strength epoxy adhesive.
Excellent Surface Flatness
Breadboard flatness is critically important during many experimental setups. Lack of local flatness requires readjustment of components for height variations across the breadboard and can cause component “wobble”. Thorlabs breadboards offer unsurpassed flatness due to the high-precision magnetic stainless steel plates which are specially handled to maintain superior flatness throughout the manufacturing process. A unique thermal bonding process ensures that stress is not induced during manufacture, thereby retaining the flatness of the top plate.
Thorlabs breadboards employ matching magnetic stainless steel for both the top and bottom plates. This unique athermalized design eliminates any thermal bowing effects caused by temperature variations.