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Optics Handling


  • Latex and Cotton Gloves
  • Tweezers and Forceps
  • Vacuum Pick-Up Tool

TZ1

TZ3

Tweezers

FCP

Forceps

VP10C

Vacuum Pick-Up Tool, Set of 10 Tips

MC8-L

Latex Gloves

MC6-S

Cotton Gloves

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Optic Cleaning Tutorial

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:

  • Latex and Cotton Gloves
  • Tweezers and Forceps
  • Manual Vacuum Pick-Up Tool Kit

Thorlabs also offers a line of Optics Cleaning Supplies, Inspection Tools, Storage Boxes, and other General Laboratory Tools.

Click the Support Documentation icon document icon or Part Number below to view the available support documentation
Part NumberProduct Description
FCP Support Documentation FCP:Forceps, Solid Stainless Steel
FCPA Support Documentation FCPA:Angled Forceps, Solid Stainless Steel
MC6-L Support Documentation MC6-L:Large Cotton Optic Gloves, 12 Pairs Per Package
MC6-M Support Documentation MC6-M:Medium Cotton Optic Gloves, 12 Pairs Per Package
MC6-S Support Documentation MC6-S:Small Cotton Optic Gloves, 12 Pairs Per Package
MC8-L Support Documentation MC8-L:Large Powder-Free Latex Gloves Qty: 100 Gloves
Part NumberProduct Description
MC8-M Support Documentation MC8-M:Medium Powder-Free Latex Gloves Qty: 100 Gloves
MC8-S Support Documentation MC8-S:Small Powder-Free Latex Gloves Qty: 100 Gloves
TZ1 Support Documentation TZ1:Optic Tweezers with Stainless Steel Body and Carbon-Fiber Tips
TZ2 Support Documentation TZ2:Optic Tweezers with Nylon Body and Tips
TZ3 Support Documentation TZ3:Optic Tweezers with Stainless Steel Body and Polyolefin Tips
VP10C Support Documentation VP10C:Vacuum Pick-Up Tool (Vacuum Tweezers), Set of 10 Interchangeable Tips

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Posted Comments:
Poster:jlow
Posted Date:2015-02-10 01:23:17.0
Response from Jeremy at Thorlabs: The TZ1 is resistance to common solvents like acetone, isopropanol, methanol.
Poster:christian.b.schmidt
Posted Date:2015-02-06 11:25:52.047
Is TZ1 to resistent to usual lab solvents like acetone, methanol and isopropanol?
Poster:jens
Posted Date:2009-06-22 20:52:40.0
A reply from Jens at Thorlabs: yes, the scratch-dig paddle is available. We currently have 19pcs on stock and can ship anytime.
Poster:revans
Posted Date:2009-06-22 17:39:46.0
Are the scratch and dig paddles still readily avaialble or are they no longer being made?? I purchased some before from you asnd may need some more soon. Thank you Russell Evans Younger Optics
Poster:Tyler
Posted Date:2009-02-12 10:09:32.0
A response from Tyler at Thorlabs to melsscal: The MC8-M is a box of gloves. I fixed the part number typo in the subgroup that may have caused your confusion. We really appreciate that you took the time to send us this issue as this type of error is difficult to find without valuable feedback from customers like you. Thank you.
Poster:melsscal
Posted Date:2009-02-12 09:13:02.0
MC8-M is pack of 100 cots or Gloves ?

Latex Gloves

Glove Fitting Guidelines
Item # Glove Size Palm Sizea Maximum Middle Finger Length
MC8-S Small 6.5" - 7.5" (16.51 cm - 19.05 cm) 2.75" (6.99 cm)
MC8-M Medium 7.5" - 8.5" (19.05 cm - 21.59 cm) 3.25" (8.26 cm)
MC8-L Large 8.5" - 9.5" (21.59 cm - 24.13 cm) 3.6" (9.14 cm)
  • Circumference Around the Palm Not Including the Thumb
  • Available in 3 Sizes (Small, Medium, or Large)
  • Provides Protection for the Entire Hand While Handling Optics
  • Packs of 100 Gloves

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. 

Based on your currency / country selection, your order will ship from Newton, New Jersey  
+1 Qty Docs Part Number - Universal/Imperial Price Available / Ships
MC8-S Support Documentation
MC8-SSmall Powder-Free Latex Gloves Qty: 100 Gloves
$21.00
Today
MC8-M Support Documentation
MC8-MMedium Powder-Free Latex Gloves Qty: 100 Gloves
$21.00
Today
MC8-L Support Documentation
MC8-LLarge Powder-Free Latex Gloves Qty: 100 Gloves
$21.00
Today

Cotton Gloves

Glove Fitting Guidelines
Item # Glove Size Palm Sizea Maximum Middle Finger Length
MC6-S Small 6.5" - 8.0" (16.51 cm - 20.32 cm) 3.25" (8.26 cm)
MC6-M Medium 8.0" - 8.75" (20.32 cm - 22.23 cm) 3.5" (8.89 cm)
MC6-L Large 8.75" - 9.5" (22.23 cm - 24.13 cm) 3.75" (9.53 cm)
  • Circumference Around the Palm Not Including the Thumb
  • Available in 3 Sizes (Small, Medium, or Large)
  • Designed for Handling Optical Components
  • Can Be Worn as a Glove Liner
  • Twelve Pairs per Package

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.

Based on your currency / country selection, your order will ship from Newton, New Jersey  
+1 Qty Docs Part Number - Universal/Imperial Price Available / Ships
MC6-S Support Documentation
MC6-SSmall Cotton Optic Gloves, 12 Pairs Per Package
$13.67
Today
MC6-M Support Documentation
MC6-MMedium Cotton Optic Gloves, 12 Pairs Per Package
$13.67
Today
MC6-L Support Documentation
MC6-LLarge Cotton Optic Gloves, 12 Pairs Per Package
$13.67
Today

Tweezers

TZ3, Optic Tweezers
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TZ3 Self-Closing Tweezers Holding a Ø1" Lens
    • TZ1: Tweezers with Stainless Steel Body and Carbon-Fiber Tips for ≤Ø12 mm Optics
    • TZ2: Tweezers with Nylon Body and Tips for ≤Ø25.4 mm Optics
    • TZ3: Tweezers with Stainless Steel Body and Polyolefin Tips for Ø12 mm to Ø25.4 mm Optics
    • Chemically Resistant to Common Solvents

    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 that are chemically resistant to common solvents 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.

    Based on your currency / country selection, your order will ship from Newton, New Jersey  
    +1 Qty Docs Part Number - Universal/Imperial Price Available / Ships
    TZ1 Support Documentation
    TZ1Optic Tweezers with Stainless Steel Body and Carbon-Fiber Tips
    $45.80
    Today
    TZ2 Support Documentation
    TZ2Optic Tweezers with Nylon Body and Tips
    $5.00
    Today
    TZ3 Support Documentation
    TZ3Optic Tweezers with Stainless Steel Body and Polyolefin Tips
    $72.00
    Today

    Forceps

    FCP Forceps for Cleaning Optics
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    Optic Cleaning Using Forceps and Lens Tissue Paper

    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.

    Based on your currency / country selection, your order will ship from Newton, New Jersey  
    +1 Qty Docs Part Number - Universal/Imperial Price Available / Ships
    FCP Support Documentation
    FCPForceps, Solid Stainless Steel
    $16.70
    Today
    FCPA Support Documentation
    FCPACustomer Inspired!Angled Forceps, Solid Stainless Steel
    $16.70
    Today

    Manual Vacuum Pick-Up Tool Kit, 10 Interchangeable Tips

    VP10C Pen-Vac Handling Optics
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    VP10C Vacuum Pick-Up Tool Holding a Ø1" Lens
    • Self-Contained Vacuum Tweezer Ideal for Gently Lifting and Handling Optics
    • Includes Five 45°-Angled and Five Straight Interchangeable Tips with Ø1/8", Ø1/4", Ø3/16", Ø3/8", or Ø1/2" Suction Cups
    • Electrostatic Discharge Safe

    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.

    Based on your currency / country selection, your order will ship from Newton, New Jersey  
    +1 Qty Docs Part Number - Universal/Imperial Price Available / Ships
    VP10C Support Documentation
    VP10CVacuum Pick-Up Tool (Vacuum Tweezers), Set of 10 Interchangeable Tips
    $66.00
    Today
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