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Ø3/8" Barrel Adapter
Thorlabs offers 1/4"-100 hex adjusters that exceed class 3 standards. Each screw is individually tested with a master gauge set that ensures the inter-changeability of our adjuster screws and threaded bushings. A variety of 1/4"-100 threaded bushings, lock nuts, and barrel adapters are available to simplify the integration of fine adjusters in your application. The fine adjusters come lightly lubricated to ensure smooth mating into compatible components.
We also offer Polaris™ Matched Adjuster/Bushing Pairs, which offer better adjustment stability and a smoother feel for smaller adjustment changes.
Integrating Fine Adjustment Screws Into Optomechanical Systems
The assembly process begins by producing the appropriately sized mating hole for the threaded bushing. The recommended bore diamaters can be found with the product information for each bushing sold below. Given the close fit between the threaded bushing and the mating adjuster screw, we caution against using a press fit to assemble these products. For our own production needs, we use a permanent anaerobic adhesive that provides excellent long-term performance. Locking bushings with nuts do not require adhesive as they are held in place by the locking nut.
We recommend using Loctite Anaerobic Adhesive product number 680 or equivalent. In order to ensure maximum strength between the bonded parts, we strongly urge the user to follow carefully the instructions provided by Loctite, which specify the amount of clearance between the threaded bushing and the mounting plate. The most common source of failure is not allowing for the proper clearance between the parts being bonded since this clearance provides for the proper volume of adhesive.
When assembling, apply a small amount of the Loctite adhesive to the threaded bushing only. Rotate the bushing as it is installed to ensure a uniform distribution of the adhesive. After insertion, remove any excess adhesive from around the part.
As shown in the figure to the right, the flange on the mating bushing is designed to support the axial load of the screw and bushing assembly.
OEM & Custom Precision Screws
Thorlabs manufactures custom and high volume OEM precision screws and bushings with various diameters, lengths, and threads. To inquire about custom or OEM precision screws, please contact Technical Support or use the "Contact Us" form to the right. A specialist will contact you within 24 hours or the next business day.
Precision Screw Capabilities
Thorlabs' in-house machine shop, located in Newton, NJ, gives us the ability to quickly produce large quantities of precision screws and bushings. We are equipped to manufacture screw diameters ranging from 2.5 mm to 20 mm with lengths up to 165 mm and a maximum thread pitch of 200 TPI. Our standard adjuster screw design has a hardened steel ball tip to provide a single point of contact; for other applications we are able to provide adjusters without the steel ball. Custom orders can be achieved on a case-by-case basis. For large orders of an item, Thorlabs passes on to the customer the cost savings associated with planned production of high volumes of that item. For more information on Thorlabs' discount pricing policy, click the "V" link to the right. We also offer a large variety of stock precision screws, which are available here.
Fast Turn-Around Times
Precision Screw Production
Our high precision 1/4"-100 Fine Hex Adjusters can be adjusted with a 5/64" hex key, F25USK1 removable adjustment knob (sold below), or HKTS-5/64 hex key knob (sold below). The F25US series have a maximum load of 15 lbs (6.8 kg). The adjuster body is constructed of 303 stainless steel and comes pregreased to ensure smooth mating into compatible components. The ball tip is constructed using 440 stainless steel that is fixed onto the adjuster using epoxy.
Our 1/4"-100 Threaded Bushings are commonly used in slip fit applications where fine adjusters are needed. Due to the tolerances of our fine adjusters, we discourage press fitting this bushings. The recommended bore diameter for our 1/4"-100 bushings is 0.341" +0.001"/-0.000". To learn more about the use of fine adjustment screws and bushings in optomechanical systems, please see the Integration tab above.
These 1/4"-100 threaded to Ø3/8" barrel adapters are made from 510 Phosphor Bronze (vacuum rated for 10-6 torr). They allow our 1/4"-100 adjusters to be used with linear translation stages that accept actuators with Ø3/8" (Ø9.5 mm) barrels. The photo to the right shows an adjuster screw used as a replacement for the actuator included with the translation stage. For vacuum applications, we recommend a thorough ultrasonic cleaning to remove any grease or particulates prior to use.
The LN25100 lock nut features a knurled outside diameter, which helps when tightening or loosening the nut. This lock nut is made from 510 Phosphor Bronze, which is vacuum rated for 10-6 Torr. Each nut features blind holes that allow a hex key to be used to help tighten the lock nut.
The POLARIS-LN1 stainless steel lock nuts can be used with any 1/4"-100 adjuster for long-term stability. Lock nuts only need to be lightly tightened to a torque of approximately 4 to 8 oz-in (0.03 to 0.06 N·m). The beam can be held on target with the adjuster thumbscrew or hex key while lightly tightening the lock nut by hand or with a 13 mm thin-head wrench or cone wrench. These lock nuts are compatible with many of our Ø1" Polaris mounts, excluding the POLARIS-K1PZ Piezo-Driven Polaris, the POLARIS-K1-H, and the POLARIS-K1-2AH.
Cleanroom and Vacuum Compatibility
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F25USK1 and F25USK2 Knobs are both Compatible with our Polaris Mounts
These removable adjustment knobs are compatible with our 1/4"-100 adjusters, including those used in the Ø1" Polaris Kinematic Mounts. These knobs enable quick and easy tweaking of an actuator without needing a hex key.
We offer two sizes of adjustment knobs. The Ø0.58" standard size (F25USK1) is similar in size to the stainless steel knobs included with our Polaris mount, while the larger Ø0.925" size (F25USK2) provides additional angular resolution.
These 5/64" Hex Key Adjuster Thumbscrews allow for quick adjustment of many 5/64" and 2 mm hex-driven actuators (or standard actuators with the knobs removed). These temporary knobs can be left in the screw's hex socket between adjustments for convenience (see photo to the right). An 8-32 setscrew (5/64" hex) secures the replaceable hex bit, which can be reversed if the tip is stripped. Contact Tech Support to order replacement hex key bits.
We offer hex key thumbscrews in sizes from 0.050" to 3/16" and 2 mm to 5 mm.