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Optics Handling

  • Stainless Steel or Nylon Tweezers
  • Vacuum Pick-Up Tool





Vacuum Pick-Up Tool, Set of 10 Tips

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Please Note: Due to the impacts of COVID-19, we are currently unable to offer our Cotton, Latex, or Nitrile gloves.

Thorlabs offers a line of optics tools designed to prevent the contamination of optical elements being handled. Items on this page include:

  • Stainless Steel or Nylon Tweezers
  • Manual Vacuum Pick-Up Tool Kit

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

Posted Comments:
Won Tae Lim  (posted 2020-08-04 22:12:29.07)
Hi, this is Won-Tae Lim. I wanna ask one thing about model 'VP10C' Is there any specification about this model? I want to know max holding weight capability. I'm about to use this model for picking thin glass, and these glass's weight is 100g each. If this model(VP10C) can't hold 100g weight, can u recommend another model. Best regards, Lim seoul, south Korea
llamb  (posted 2020-08-13 03:19:57.0)
Hello Won-Tae, thank you for contacting Thorlabs. The load limit would depend on the size of vacuum cup you are using and the surface of the part you are picking up. Generally, we would not recommend picking up more than 20 g with the VP10C, to avoid risks of damaging the optic. While we do not currently have an alternative vacuum pick up tool, you can consider using soft-tip tweezers or lens handling gloves/tissues.
Philip Young  (posted 2020-07-09 01:07:33.643)
My cleanroom has run out of these type of tweezers. The larger VC10 tweezers are too large. Can you find these ESD21 vacuum pickups for me? I need to order 5-10 of these. Regards, Phil Young, DPA Components.
asundararaj  (posted 2020-07-13 03:07:16.0)
Thank you for your feedback. Unfortunately, the ESD21 was superseded 6 years ago and has been replaced by the VP10C. We have noted your interest in this product and will consider offering this in the future.  (posted 2015-02-06 11:25:52.047)
Is TZ1 to resistent to usual lab solvents like acetone, methanol and isopropanol?
jlow  (posted 2015-02-10 01:23:17.0)
Response from Jeremy at Thorlabs: The TZ1 is resistance to common solvents like acetone, isopropanol, methanol.
jens  (posted 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.
revans  (posted 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
Tyler  (posted 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.
melsscal  (posted 2009-02-12 09:13:02.0)
MC8-M is pack of 100 cots or Gloves ?


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 Price Available
    TZ1 Support Documentation
    TZ1Optic Tweezers with Stainless Steel Body and Carbon-Fiber Tips
    TZ2 Support Documentation
    TZ2Optic Tweezers with Nylon Body and Tips
    TZ3 Support Documentation
    TZ3Optic Tweezers with Stainless Steel Body and Polyolefin Tips

    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 tool 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 Price Available
    VP10C Support Documentation
    VP10CVacuum Pick-Up Tool (Vacuum Tweezers), Set of 10 Interchangeable Tips
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    Last Edited: Aug 02, 2013 Author: Lori Stover