Thorlabs offers a line of optics tools designed to prevent the contamination of an optical element being handled. Included on this page, you'll find the following:
These disposable, powder-free latex gloves prevent the transfer of oils and debris from hands to optics. Available in three sizes (small, medium, or large), these gloves come in a box of 100. The table to the right provides hand measurement guidelines for determing which glove size would fit best.
Thorlabs offers disposable cotton gloves that are designed for handling optics and can be worn underneath latex gloves as a glove liner. They are packaged in bags containing 12 pairs of cotton gloves and are available in three sizes (small, medium, or large). The table to the right provides hand measurement guidelines for determining which glove size would fit best.
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TZ3 Self-Closing Tweezers Holding a Ø1" Lens
Thorlabs offers three types of tweezers for the handling of delicate optics. Our TZ1 tweezers work well for holding the edges of Ø12 mm or smaller optics. These tweezers are made from stainless steel and have molded-carbon-fiber tips to protect the object being handled. Alternatively, our TZ2 tweezers can accommodate Ø25.4 mm or smaller optics and are made from nylon that is chemically resistant to common lab solvents. Finally, our TZ3 self-closing tweezers are able to comfortably hold the edges of Ø12 mm to Ø25.4 mm optics, as shown in the photo to the right. The TZ3 tweezers have a polyolefin cover over each tip that is unaffected by common lab solvents and helps to grip and protect optics.
Thorlabs offers stainless steel forceps that are equipped with narrow tips for holding small objects. The locking grip on the forceps can be used to keep the tips in a closed position. The FCPA features an angled tip while the FCP has a straight tip.
This Manual Vacuum Pick-up Tool allows the user to lift and hold small optics, including Ø1" lenses and mirrors, without causing damage. Each tool comes with seven interchangable tips and one body in a convenient plastic case. To ensure a good vacuum, choose a tip with a pad that is slightly smaller than the optic. To apply a vacuum force, squeeze the bulb and then depress gently while the pad is in contact with the optic; to release, squeeze the bulb. We recommend that this tool be used with optics that have a plano surface.
Please note that using the vacuum pick-up tool improperly can damage an optic. The metal extension tube may contact your optic if the suction cup is pressed against the optic too hard. These tools should not be used with gratings, pellicle beamsplitters, or any optic with an unprotected coating. Proper usage instructions are included with the pick-up tool and should be followed.
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VP10C Vacuum Pick-Up Tool Holding a Ø1" Lens
The VP10C Vacuum Pick-Up Tool Kit is ideal for lifting and handling small optics, such as lenses and mirrors, without damaging the optic. This pick-up tool is shaped like a pen for ease of use and also includes a pen clip for carrying. Each kit comes with a set of five angled and five straight interchangeable tips with Ø1/8", Ø1/4", Ø3/16", Ø3/8" or Ø1/2" Buna-N (nitrile) suction cups. Hold and then let go of the black button while contacting an optic with a suction cup to apply the vacuum force; press the black button to release the optic.
Please use caution when handling an optic as improper use may cause damage to the optic surface. We recommend that this tools be used with optics that have a plano surface. The VP10C should not be used with gratings, pellicle beamsplitters or any optic that has an unprotected coating.