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Optical Enclosures


  • Black Hardboard, Aluminum, or Plexiglass Versions
  • Shield Experiments from Environmental Variations
  • Mountable on Solid Aluminum Breadboards

XE25C11

Aluminum Panel Assembly (Breadboard Sold Separately)

XE25C10D

Plexiglass Panel Assembly with Sliding Doors
(Breadboard Sold Separately)

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Included Parts Lista
Rails XE25 25 mm Rails
Corners RM1S Construction Cubes
Panels Black Hardboard, Aluminum, or Plexiglass
Screws Low-Profile Channel Screws
  • Breadboard sold separately. 
Custom Enclosure
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Custom enclosures can be built using our 25 mm rails and accessories above. The enclosure shown was constructed entirely from stock items.
RM1G Corner
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Flip the Assembled Enclosure Upside Down to Install the Appropriate Breadboard

Features

  • Build Complete Enclosures in Less than 10 Minutes
  • Choose from Three Versions
    • Black Hardboard for Blocking Stray Light
    • Plexiglass for Applications that Are Not Light Sensitive
    • Aluminum for Blocking Stray Light and Added Durability
  • Multiple Sizes Available
    • 15" x 9" x 12" (375 mm x 225 mm x 300 mm)
    • 21" x 9" x 12" (525 mm x 225 mm x 300 mm)
    • 21" x 15" x 12" (525 mm x 375 mm x 300 mm)
  • Designed to Mount on a Solid Aluminum Breadboard
  • Optional Sliding Side Doors with Handles
  • Fully Customizable with Our Construction Tools and Enclosure Components and Accessories
  • Custom Enclosures Available Upon Request

Thorlabs' optical enclosures provide a protected space for instruments that are sensitive to light and acoustic vibrations. Our enclosures are made from our 25 mm rails and feature panels made of black hardboard, anodized aluminum, or plexiglass, which are held in place by the rail channels. Each is designed with an internal height of 12" (300 mm), and is available in lengths and widths ranging from 9" to 21" (225 mm to 525 mm). They ship partially assembled and can be fully assembled in less than 10 minutes using a 1/8" (4 mm) balldriver or hex key (not included). Like any assembly based on 25 mm rails, our enclosures are completely customizable using the parts shown in the Construction Rail Accessories table to the right. For more information on how to build your own enclosure, please see the Custom Enclosures tab.

Custom Enclosure
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RM1S Slotted Corner Cubes Limit Light Leakage at Corners

Breadboard Mountable
To install the breadboard of the correct size, flip the assembled enclosoure upside-down and screw in a 1/4"-20 (M6) cap screw using the counterbored holes at each corner of the breadboard (see the image to the right). The corners of our stock enclosures are designed such that the 1/4"-20 (M6) tapped holes in the rail ends align with the counterbored holes in our Aluminum Breadboards. Please consult the Suggested Breadboards tables below to ensure the proper match. If you need an enclosure for a larger breadboard, or wish to place an enclosure on a breadboard other than the recommended size, we suggest contacting Tech Support to discuss our custom enclosure options.

Sliding Door Option
To provide access to the interior, these enclosures are also available with a set of overlapping sliding doors that sit in a bottom-located slide track, which attaches directly to the breadboard. The tops of the sliding panels fit into the rail channel of the upper rail. Plastic handles that bolt into the sliding panels are included. Tracks for sliding doors are not available separately; please contact Tech Support to include sliding doors in your custom enclosure.

Thorlabs' accessories for assemblies made of 25 mm rails include corner cubes and brackets, T-Nuts, low-profile channel screws, breadboard mounting accessories, and rail joiners. In addition, we offer enclosure accessories, and "do-it-yourself" tools like taps, tap guides, and drill guides for home-built XE25-based constructions.

For Details on Our Custom Enclosure Capabilities, Please Contact Technical Support.
Finished Three-Way Corner
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Home-Built 90° Corner

XE25 Construction Techniques

Thorlabs' XE25 rails and components are the building blocks for many types of modular systems, including custom enclosures. For the most demanding applications, Thorlabs recommends the "direct connection" technique for forming right angles with rails, detailed here.


Step 1: Drill Side Holes

A Ø4.6 mm hole in the end of one rail, as shown in the picture to the right, is needed to provide access for a 1/8" (4 mm) balldriver.

For this step, you will need the T119873 Ø4.6 mm Drill Bit, the XE25DG Drill Guide, a hand drill or drill press, and a vise such as the TMV2.

The XE25DG drill guide is secured to the rail using the locking screw on top. A guide hole for the drill bit will be located 12.5 mm from the end of the rail. Now a hole can be drilled into the rail as shown in the figure to the left.

If your application requires a "three-way corner," such as that shown at the top of the page, you will have to drill a second hole in the rail at a 90° angle relative to the first hole.


Step 2: Tap the Center Hole, If Necessary

All stock and custom-length anodized XE25 rails have a 1/4"-20 (M6) tapped hole in the end of the rail. If you have cut a standard XE25 rail, or are using the XE25RL2 Raw Extrusion, you will need to tap a hole into the end of the rail.

For this step, you will need the 71598 1/4"-20 Tap (or the 71498 M6 Tap), the XE25TG Tap Guide, and the TW25 Hand Tap Wrench.

Fix the tap inside the tap wrench. Place the tap guide block over the end of the rail. The hole in the top of the guide will keep the tap square with the hole and minimize the chance of misthreading. Turn the tap to thread the hole.


Step 3: Attach Low-Profile Channel Screw

For this step, you will need a SH25LP38 1/4"-20-threaded (SH6M10LP M6-threaded) Low-Profile Channel Screw and a 1/8" (4 mm) balldriver.

Insert the screw into the threaded hole in the end of the rail, and tighten down partway with the balldriver. If you are making a three-way connection, you will need to thread another channel screw into the end of a second rail.


Step 4: Join the Rails

Slide the head of the channel screw into the channel of the rail with the drilled holes, so that the hex head lines up with the hole. Insert the balldriver into the hole, and tighten the channel screw. If making a three-way connection, repeat this process with the third rail, as shown in the figure to the right.

For increased stability, the corners may be reinforced with the XE25A90 Right-Angle Bracket.

This video provides step-by-step instructions on how to assemble a two-door, 1200 mm x 600 mm x
525 mm (L x W x H) enclosure with black hardboard panels. The parts needed for this custom enclosure are provided in the tables below.

Design a Custom Enclosure Using Thorlabs Components
With our vast selection of enclosure components, building your own DIY optical enclosure is simple. All our optical enclosure components, from panels to optical rails and corner cubes, can be purchased separately and customized to a size suitable for your application. For example, simple enclosures can be constructed to be as small as 1' x 1' x 1' (300 mm x 300 mm x 300 mm), whereas much larger enclosures are possible and might include hinged doors for easy access to an experiment. Enclosure components are designed to work together seamlessly, reducing the amount of time required during assembly.

Any side or dimension of the enclosure can be modified to suit the requirements of your application. The black hardboard enclosure panels can be cut to the appropriate size or drilled to accommodate integrating optomechanical components, like lens tubes. Alternatively, black-anodized aluminum panels are available with pre-drilled slots, for fiber and electrical panels, and an SM1-threaded (1.035"-40) through hole.

Should you choose not to build your own DIY enclosure, we welcome the opportunity to work with you to provide a custom enclosure that meets your specific requirements. Customizable options include enclosure dimensions, like panel sizes and optical rails; panel material, like black hardboard or black-anodized aluminum; and number and configuration of doors. We will ensure the proper fit and function of the customized components. Once the custom enclosure meets specification, we will ship the components for customer assembly. Please note that aluminum breadboards are not included with our custom enclosures and that enclosures will need to be assembled by the customer.

If you would like consultation regarding whether to place a custom order or which components you need to purchase in order to assemble your own DIY optical enclosure, please contact Tech Support.

Custom Enclosure Example
This section details how to construct a two-door enclosure with black hardboard panels, which is shown completely assembled in the bottom-right image. Watch the video above for step-by-step instructions on how to assemble this particular enclosure. The size of this enclosure is 1200 mm x 600 mm x 525 mm (L x W x H). Refer to the tables below for a complete parts list. The enclosure was constructed from metric components, but it can also be constructed using the imperial equivalent components.

Custom Enclosure
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Custom enclosures can be built using our 25 mm rails and accessories. This two-door enclosure was constructed entirely from stock items. The video above provides step-by-step instructions on how to assemble this enclosure.
Custom Enclosure Back
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Two TB4 hardboards (cut to the required height) can be taped together using T743-2.0 Black Masking Tape to form the back panel of the enclosure.

This enclosure was assembled on a 600 mm x 1200 mm aluminum breadboard (24" x 48" for imperial components), though other breadboard sizes are possible. The left and right doors are 500 mm and 600 mm (20" and 24") wide, respectively. Each door can be opened separately, allowing access to the breadboard inside the enclosure. We recommend building the doors and frame of the enclosure separately and then assembling them to complete the enclosure. The rails used in the doors and frame are connected via construction cubes with slotted corners, which help to prevent light leakage at the corners of the enclosure, and are secured using low-profile channel screws. Alternatively, for a faster solution, our quick corner cubes can be used. Our TB4 hardboard, which constitute the panels of the enclosure, can be cut to size using a utility knife; these pieces fit directly into the slots of the 25 mm rails and the counterbores of the cubes. The back panel is formed using two pieces of hardboard cut to the desired length and height and taped together using T743-2.0 Black Masking Tape (see the image to the right). Note that, for the imperial enclosure, black masking tape will also be needed to connect the 24" x 24" panels together along the sides and back of the enclosure.

A 25 mm rail is installed along the top of the enclosure to mount the doors and door hinges. This rail is attached by drilling through the top two frame rails; see the video above for details. For details on drilling and tapping a hole into the top frame rails for precise placement of the support rail, see the Construction Methods tab above.

The height of the enclosure can easily be customized to fit any application. For best results when adding doors to your enclosure, the total door height with connection cubes should match the enclosure height minus the bottom rails; otherwise, the door will overlap with the bottom rail. We recommend using 500 mm (20") and 525 mm (21") long rails for the door and enclosure, respectively.

For applications requiring a light-tight enclosure, our BFP1 black flocked self-adhesive paper can be used to seal gaps in the hinges of the enclosure.

Item #QtyDescription
Imperial Product List
XE25L48448" Long XE25 Construction Rail
XE25L24724" Long XE25 Construction Rail
XE25L21421" Long XE25 Construction Rail
XE25L20720" Long XE25 Construction Rail
XE25L12412" Long XE25 Construction Rail
XE25H4XE25 Enclosure Hinge
XE25T31Low-Profile T-Nut, 1/4"-20 Tapped Hole, Qty: 10
MB2448124" x 48" Aluminum Breadboard, 1/4"-20 Taps
SH25LP3811/4"-20 Low-Profile Channel Screws (100 Screws/Box)
TB43Black Hardboard, 24" x 24", 3 Sheetsa
BBH11Breadboard Handles (Set of 2)b
RM1S201" Construction Cube with Slotted Corners, Three 1/4" (M6) Counterbored Holes
T743-2.01High-Performance Black Masking Tape, 2" x 180' (50 mm x 55 m) Rollc
T11987314.6 mm Drill Bit
Item #QtyDescription
Metric Product List
XE25L1200/M41200 mm Long XE25 Construction Rail
XE25L600/M7600 mm Long XE25 Construction Rail
XE25L525/M4525 mm Long XE25 Construction Rail
XE25L500/M7500 mm Long XE25 Construction Rail
XE25L300/M4300 mm Long XE25 Construction Rail
XE25H4XE25 Enclosure Hinge
XE25T3/M1Low-Profile T-Nut, M6 Tapped Hole, Qty: 10
MB60120/M1600 mm x 1200 mm Aluminum Breadboard, M6 Taps
SH6M10LP1M6 Low-Profile Channel Screws (100 Screws/Box)
TB43Black Hardboard, 24" x 24" (610 mm x 610 mm), 3 Sheetsa
BBH11Breadboard Handles (Set of 2)b
RM1S201" Construction Cube with Slotted Corners, Three 1/4" (M6) Counterbored Holes
T743-2.01High-Performance Black Masking Tape, 2" x 180' (50 mm x 55 m)
T11987314.6 mm Drill Bit

a. This item requires cutting to form the panels of the enclosure. Multiple panels can be taped together to form the back panel.
b. To attach each handle, use two 1/4-20" (M6) cap screws and T-nuts.
c. For the imperial enclosure, black masking tape will also be needed to connect the 24" x 24" panels together along the sides and back of the enclosure.


Posted Comments:
carsten.weinhold  (posted 2018-12-28 16:21:01.46)
The "example custom enclosure" cannot be assembled as shown using TB4 panels - being 24inx24in these panels will not engage the channels of the 4 uprights as shown … the panel width would have to be about 24.5in for the sides, and about 24.25in for each of the two panels used in the back.
llamb  (posted 2019-01-02 02:36:28.0)
Thank you for your feedback and for pointing this out. The original enclosure was physically built using the metric parts list, in which the construction rails are slightly shorter than those of the imperial parts list. You are correct that for the imperial dimensions, the enclosure would ideally have >24" hardboard panels to allow enough panel material to fit inside the construction rails' grooves. This can be rectified by using blackout tape to tape panels together, like what must be done for the 48" x 21" back section. We are updating this webpage to better point out the need for taping panels together in the imperial parts list, so thank you again for bringing this to our attention.
tbaker1  (posted 2018-06-20 17:51:19.16)
What is the part number for the door rails? The description says sold separately, but it doesn't appear to be on the components page. Searching for "track" does not get any relevant results either. Thanks!
mmcclure  (posted 2018-06-21 08:14:18.0)
Hello, thank you for contacting Thorlabs. These enclosures incorporate our 25 mm optical rails, which are located here: https://www.thorlabs.com/newgrouppage9.cfm?objectgroup_id=194. Each enclosure available on this page includes the necessary components, including the optical rails, to assemble the enclosure; only the breadboard is sold separately. However, if you are constructing a custom enclosure for a particular setup, then you will need to purchase the individual components suitable for your setup. For more information about constructing custom enclosures, including an animation that shows an example enclosure being assembled with all the necessary components, please refer to the Custom Enclosures tab.
richard.skilling  (posted 2014-10-01 11:41:48.11)
Do you have a convenient way to couple beams (e.g. in beam tubes) in/out of these enclosures? R.
jlow  (posted 2014-10-01 03:45:51.0)
Response from Jeremy at Thorlabs: You could possibly use something like our SM1F1 (http://www.thorlabs.com/newgrouppage9.cfm?objectgroup_id=6791) adapter flange and put SM1 lens tubes on the enclosure. I will contact you directly to discuss about your application.
user  (posted 2013-07-02 10:28:37.27)
I may have missed something here, but we have just purchased a XE25C5D/M and the 2 sliding doors don't seem to fit into the sliding door guide rail?
cdaly  (posted 2013-07-02 13:49:00.0)
Response from Chris at Thorlabs: Thank you for using our feedback tool. This enclosure comes with two rails which are 52.5cm long. One of these is a standard rail having all four sides with the same extrusion profile, while the guide rail has one side which is different. Rather than having the standard opening which is only 0.26" across, it will have a larger 0.425" cutout to accommodate the doors. Please make sure this is the side you are trying to fit over the doors. If this does not solve your issue, please contact us at techsupport@thorlabs.com to further troubleshoot.
habibi_esstt  (posted 2013-01-23 16:02:50.703)
hello; I want to know if I can order a "Enclosure with Plexiglass" as that displayed on the website "XE25C6D / M - (L x W x H) 52.5 cm x 37.5 cm x 30 cm Plexiglass Sliding Door Enclosure $ 230.00", but with the following dimensions: - (L x W x H) 150 cm x 70 cm x 80 cm. if possible, I want to have an invoice.
tcohen  (posted 2012-03-23 09:33:00.0)
Response from Tim at Thorlabs to Rizia: Thank you for your feedback! We are certainly able to provide custom enclosures. We have contacted you directly to get the information for your desired enclosure.
rbardhan  (posted 2012-03-22 20:43:19.0)
I would like to know if you would be able to design a custom enclosure for me with the specific dimensions I need. I would really appreciate of someone can contact me ASAP regarding this. Thanks Rizia
bdada  (posted 2011-10-25 10:43:00.0)
Response from Buki at Thorlabs: Thank you for using our Web Feedback tool. We have contacted you to get the specifications for the custom breadboard enclosure you want. Please cotnact TechSupport@thorlabs.com if you have any questions.
pak8  (posted 2011-10-24 06:47:28.0)
could you please contact me about a custom breadboard enclosure. Thank you.
jikim  (posted 2011-06-03 14:53:35.0)
Could you provide a custamized version of XE25C3/M with a plexiglass instead of a black hardboard and a height of 15 cm instead of 30 cm? Thanks in advance.
jjurado  (posted 2011-05-03 16:58:00.0)
Response from Javier at Thorlabs to ldraghi: We will contact you shortly to get the details of your requirements.
ldraghi  (posted 2011-05-03 15:37:12.0)
Hello, Can I please get into contact with someone about designing a custom enclosure? Thanks so much.
jjurado  (posted 2011-04-18 13:19:00.0)
Response from Javier at Thorlabs to gmp1g09: Thank you for your interest in our products. We can certainly offer customized enclosure systems. I will contact you directly to get your requirements.
gmp1g09  (posted 2011-04-18 07:00:41.0)
Is it possible to have custumised enclosures systems?
jjurado  (posted 2011-03-28 18:01:00.0)
Response from Javier at Thorlabs to sfpeen: Thank you very much for contacting us. We have not developed a new way for interfacing electrical connections with our enclosures. I will contact you directly for discussing ways to modify our current enclosure products to suit your needs.
sfpeen  (posted 2011-03-25 16:56:32.0)
You used to offer RBX components. Is there a new way to interface cables with the enclosures?
bdada  (posted 2011-03-08 11:03:00.0)
Response from Buki: Thank you for your request. We will contact you to verify the details of the custom sized enclosure you need.
tuttle.michael  (posted 2011-03-08 07:45:40.0)
Am interested in a custom sized enclosure to fit breadboard PBI11112 (4x2.5). Height would be around 18" and a door would be necessary.
Thorlabs  (posted 2010-08-17 17:58:52.0)
Response from Javier at Thorlabs to japagan: Thank you for your feedback. Our enclosures are not designed to hold water or any other liquids. Their purpose is to provide a shield from ambient light, and to protect sensitive equipment from acoustic noise and thermal gradients. We do not offer any other products designed for holding liquids. I will contact you directly to discuss your application.
japagan  (posted 2010-08-17 16:44:02.0)
Will this product be able to hold water or other liquids. And if not do you have other products?
Greg  (posted 2010-04-22 11:18:06.0)
A response from Greg at Thorlabs: We previously sold panels that the RBX components interfaced with, but we no longer offer these. I have thus removed the RBX components from this web page.
user  (posted 2010-04-21 16:57:41.0)
There are lots of RBX series components shown on this page but no indication of how they interface into the enclosure system; please clarify.
Greg  (posted 2009-02-12 16:21:51.0)
A response from Greg at Thorlabs to harringt.sean: Yes, we do custom enclosures. A member of our Technical Support department will be in contact with you shortly to discuss your options. They will also be able to prepare a quote for you.
harringt.sean  (posted 2009-02-12 15:46:50.0)
Are the Enclosures sizes customizable? For our purposes we would need one that is roughly 12" x 55" x 30".
Laurie  (posted 2008-12-23 08:38:08.0)
Response from Laurie at Thorlabs to mmmonto: Thank you for your inquiry concerning blackout materials. We do offer hardboard to use with the XE25 rails. You can find it at this link: http://www.thorlabs.com/newgrouppage9.cfm?objectgroup_id=190&pn=TB4. Although the standard size offered is 2’ x 2’ x 5 mm thick (and you can cut and tape multiple sheets together to form larger sizes), you can also have custom lengths cut for you by contacting our technical support team. At this time, we do not offer panels made from static dissipative materials, but I will insert that idea into our internal forum. Thank you for your interest in our products, and please let us know if you have additional questions. If you have additional questions, please feel free to contact me or a member of our technical support staff by dialing 973-300-3000 and asking to speak to an applications engineer. Thank you for your interest in our products.
mmmonto  (posted 2008-12-22 17:25:57.0)
I am buidling a large light trap enclosure from your standard 48" XE25 rails. Do you offer black harboard panels for this size enclosure? Do you offer panels made from static dissipative materials? If not, can you provide a drawing for how you panels are cut to properly fit a stanard enclosure (i.e. width, thickness, and corner cuts)? Thanks, Mike

Black Hardboard Enclosures

Suggested Breadboards
Imperial Enclosure Imperial Breadboard Metric Enclosure Metric Breadboard
XE25C7 MB1218 XE25C7/M MB3045/M
XE25C8 MB1224 XE25C8/M MB3060/M
XE25C9 MB1824 XE25C9/M MB4560/M
  • TB4 Black Hardboard Blocks Stray Light
  • Available in Three Sizes
    • 15" x 9" x 12" (375 mm x 225 mm x 300 mm)
    • 21" x 9" x 12" (525 mm x 225 mm x 300 mm)
    • 21" x 15" x 12" (525 mm x 375 mm x 300 mm)

Our black hardboard enclosures are constructed from our TB4 enclosure panels to block stray light. All our stock enclosures are designed at an internal height of 12" (300 mm). The L x W x H dimensions given in the product descriptions below are specified for the enclosure interior. The roof is shipped preassembled; a 1/8" (4 mm) balldriver or hex key (not included) is required to complete the construction.

The corners of our stock enclosures are positioned such that the 1/4"-20 (M6) tapped holes in the rail ends align with the counterbores in our Aluminum Breadboards (sold separately). Please consult the Suggested Breadboards table to the right to ensure the proper match.

The side panels on these enclosures can be replaced with our aluminum enclosure panels.

Based on your currency / country selection, your order will ship from Newton, New Jersey  
+1 Qty Docs Part Number - Imperial Price Available
XE25C7 Support Documentation
XE25C715" x 9" x 12" (L x W x H) Enclosure with Black Hardboard Panels
$193.31
Today
XE25C8 Support Documentation
XE25C821" x 9" x 12" (L x W x H) Enclosure with Black Hardboard Panels
$214.32
Today
XE25C9 Support Documentation
XE25C921" x 15" x 12" (L x W x H) Enclosure with Black Hardboard Panels
$246.89
Today
+1 Qty Docs Part Number - Metric Price Available
XE25C7/M Support Documentation
XE25C7/M375 mm x 225 mm x 300 mm (L x W x H) Enclosure with Black Hardboard Panels
$193.31
Today
XE25C8/M Support Documentation
XE25C8/M525 mm x 225 mm x 300 mm (L x W x H) Enclosure with Black Hardboard Panels
$214.32
Today
XE25C9/M Support Documentation
XE25C9/M525 mm x 375 mm x 300 mm (L x W x H) Enclosure with Black Hardboard Panels
$246.89
Today

Plexiglass Enclosure

Suggested Breadboards
Imperial Enclosure Imperial Breadboard Metric Enclosure Metric Breadboard
XE25C10 MB1824 XE25C10/M MB4560/M
  • Plexiglass for Non-Light Sensitive Applications
  • 21" x 15" x 12" (525 mm x 375 mm x 300 mm)

Our transparent plexiglass enclosure is suited to applications that are not light sensitive. The enclosure is designed at an internal height of 12" (300 mm). The L x W x H dimensions given in the product descriptions below are specified for the enclosure interior. The roof is shipped preassembled; a 1/8" (4 mm) balldriver or hex key (not included) is required to complete the construction.

The corners of our stock enclosure is positioned such that the 1/4"-20 (M6) tapped holes in the rail ends align with the counterbores in our Aluminum Breadboards (sold separately). Please consult the Suggested Breadboards table to the right to ensure the proper match.

The side panels on this enclosure can be replaced with our aluminum enclosure panels.

Based on your currency / country selection, your order will ship from Newton, New Jersey  
+1 Qty Docs Part Number - Imperial Price Available
XE25C10 Support Documentation
XE25C1021" x 15" x 12" (L x W x H) Enclosure with Plexiglass Panels
$267.90
Today
+1 Qty Docs Part Number - Metric Price Available
XE25C10/M Support Documentation
XE25C10/M525 mm x 375 mm x 300 mm (L x W x H) Enclosure with Plexiglass Panels
$267.90
Today

Aluminum Enclosure

Side Aluminum Enclosure
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Side view of XE25C11 and AEPU1 enclosure utility panel.
Suggested Breadboards
Imperial Enclosure Imperial Breadboard Metric Enclosure Metric Breadboard
XE25C11 MB1824 XE25C11/M MB4560/M
Damage Threshold Specificationsa
Type Damage Threshold
Pulsed 0.50 J/cm2 (532 nm, 10 ns, 10 Hz, Ø0.504 mm, 200 shots)
0.90 J/cm2 (1064 nm, 10 ns, 10 Hz, Ø1.00 mm, 200 shots)
CW 23.6 W/cm (532 nm, Ø1.00 mm, 60 s exposure)
  • These enclosures are not intended to serve as permanent beam dumps. For such applications, Thorlabs offers a comprehensive family of beam traps and beam blocks.
  • Anodized Aluminum Enclosure
  • 21" x 15" x 12" (525 mm x 375 mm x 300 mm)
  • Rubber Anti-Vibration Dampeners Increase Stability
  • One AEPU1(/M) Enclosure Utility Panel Included

Our black-anodized aluminum enclosure is a sturdier alternative to the enclosures sold above and is preferred for applications involving higher powered lasers over plexiglass or hardboard enclosures. However, these enclosures should not be used as permanent beam dumps. If your setup requires a beam dump, see our selection of beam traps and beam blocks.

The enclosure is designed at an internal height of 12" (300 mm). The L x W x H dimensions given in the product descriptions below are specified for the enclosure interior. The roof is shipped preassembled; a 1/8" (4 mm) balldriver or hex key (not included) is required to complete the construction. Rubber anti-vibration dampeners surround each enclosure panel to increase durability and stability, eliminating rattling when the enclosure is moved.

The enclosure includes one AEPU1(AEPU1/M) enclosure utility panel that features four RBX-BLK1F blank connection panels and one SM1-threaded (1.035"-40) through hole covered by a removable SM1CP2M end cap. The blank connection panels can be removed for easy installation of our fiber or electrical connection panels (see the image to the right). The SM1-threaded hole allows for a range of SM1-compatible components, like our lens tubes, to be installed.

The corners of the enclosure are positioned such that the 1/4"-20 (M6) tapped holes in the rail ends align with the counterbores in our Aluminum Breadboards (sold separately). Please consult the Suggested Breadboards table above and to the right to ensure the proper match.

Based on your currency / country selection, your order will ship from Newton, New Jersey  
+1 Qty Docs Part Number - Imperial Price Available
XE25C11 Support Documentation
XE25C1121" x 15" x 12" (L x W x H) Enclosure with Aluminum Panels
$466.96
Lead Time
+1 Qty Docs Part Number - Metric Price Available
XE25C11/M Support Documentation
XE25C11/M525 mm x 375 mm x 300 mm (L x W x H) Enclosure with Aluminum Panels
$466.96
Lead Time

Enclosures with Door Assemblies

Mirror Engravings
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Enclosures with Doors Feature
Sliding Tracks that Attach
Directly to the Breadboard
Suggested Breadboards
Imperial Enclosure Imperial Breadboard Metric Enclosure Metric Breadboard
XE25C9D MB1824 XE25C9D/M MB4560/M
XE25C10D MB1824 XE25C10D/M MB4560/M
  • Black Hardboard or Plexiglass Panels
  • 21" x 15" x 12" (525 mm x 375 mm x 300 mm)
  • Sliding Side Panels with Rigid Plastic Handles

Our enclosures with door assemblies feature black hardboard or plexiglass panels and a sliding door assembly on one side. This assembly consists of two overlapping doors with plastic handles that slide along the channel of the rail above and the track bolted to the breadboard underneath. These enclosures come complete will all the enclosure components necessary for construction (please note that the breadboard is not included). The roof is shipped preassembled, but note that a 1/8" (4 mm) balldriver or hex key (not included) is required to complete construction of the enclosure, and a 9/64" balldriver or hex key (not included) will be needed to attach the handles to the doors.

The corners of our stock enclosures are positioned such that the 1/4"-20 (M6) tapped holes in the rail ends align with the counterbores in our aluminum breadboards (sold separately). Please consult the Suggested Breadboards table to the right to ensure the proper match.

The side panels on these enclosures can be replaced with our aluminum enclosure panels.

Based on your currency / country selection, your order will ship from Newton, New Jersey  
+1 Qty Docs Part Number - Imperial Price Available
XE25C9D Support Documentation
XE25C9D21" x 15" x 12" (L x W x H) Black Hardboard Sliding Door Enclosure
$289.97
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XE25C10D Support Documentation
XE25C10D21" x 15" x 12" (L x W x H) Plexiglass Sliding Door Enclosure
$316.23
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+1 Qty Docs Part Number - Metric Price Available
XE25C9D/M Support Documentation
XE25C9D/M525 mm x 375 mm x 300 mm (L x W x H) Black Hardboard Sliding Door Enclosure
$289.97
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XE25C10D/M Support Documentation
XE25C10D/M525 mm x 375 mm x 300 mm (L x W x H) Plexiglass Sliding Door Enclosure
$316.23
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