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Optics Handling

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

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

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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 ?
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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. 

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MC8-S Support Documentation
MC8-S Small Powder-Free Latex Gloves Qty: 100 Gloves
$21.00
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MC8-M Support Documentation
MC8-M Medium Powder-Free Latex Gloves Qty: 100 Gloves
$21.00
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MC8-L Support Documentation
MC8-L Large Powder-Free Latex Gloves Qty: 100 Gloves
$21.00
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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.

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MC6-S Support Documentation
MC6-S Small Cotton Optic Gloves, 12 Pairs Per Package
$13.67
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MC6-M Support Documentation
MC6-M Medium Cotton Optic Gloves, 12 Pairs Per Package
$13.67
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MC6-L Support Documentation
MC6-L Large Cotton Optic Gloves, 12 Pairs Per Package
$13.67
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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

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.

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TZ1 Support Documentation
TZ1 Optic Tweezers with Stainless Steel Body and Carbon-Fiber Tips
$45.80
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TZ2 Support Documentation
TZ2 Optic Tweezers with Nylon Body and Tips
$5.00
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TZ3 Support Documentation
TZ3 Optic Tweezers with Stainless Steel Body and Polyolefin Tips
$72.00
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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.

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FCP Support Documentation
FCP Forceps, Solid Stainless Steel
$16.70
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FCPA Support Documentation
FCPA Customer Inspired! Angled Forceps, Solid Stainless Steel
$16.70
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Manual Vacuum Pick-Up Tool
  • Ideal for Safely Picking up Lens and Mirrors without Damage
  • Five Straight Tips and Two 45° Angle Tips Included (Pad Sizes: 0.0938" - 0.4")

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 smaller than the optic. This tool is not recommended for surfaces with steep curves, as the pad will not be able to fit flat against the surface.

Please note that using vacuum tweezers improperly can damage an optic. The metal extension tube may contact your optic if the suction cup is pressed against the optic too hard. Proper usage instructions are included with the tweezers and should be followed.

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ESD21 Support Documentation
ESD21 Manual Vacuum Pick-up Tool (Vacuum Tweezers)
$52.00
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