16 mm Rotating Cage Segment Plate

  • Rotates a 16 mm Cage Segment About the Optical Axis
  • Rotation Scale with 2° Graduations
  • SM05-Threaded Bore




The fixed section of the cage plate remains stationary when attached to cage components, while the second section can rotate.

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Each cage plate is engraved with 2° graduations.


  • Rotates an Entire 16 mm Cage System Subassembly Around a Fixed SM05-Threaded (0.535"-40) Bore
  • Post Mountable via 4-40 (M3) Tapped Hole
  • Rotation Locked with Flexure Mechanism

Thorlabs' SCPU05(/M) 16 mm Rotating Cage Segment Plate allows an entire 16 mm cage subsystem to be rotated about the optical axis. The SCPU05(/M) consists of two plates: one attaches to a fixed cage segment, while the other rotates all attached cage elements. To rotate a cage segment between two fixed cage segments, two SCPU05(/M) plates must be used as shown in the image below. The rotating cage segment is ideal for rotating multiple optical elements where the rotation of each element must be the same (e.g., using two cylindrical lenses to change the spatial profile of a laser diode or for multi-element polarization applications).

The rotating cage segment plate features a 0.85" (21.6 mm) deep, SM05-threaded (0.535"-40) central bore through the part that remains fixed as the plate is rotated. Two SM05RR retaining rings are provided for direct mounting of optics.

Each side of the cage plate has four blind holes for attaching cage rods. The blind holes do not penetrate the full length of the plate, and thus, the cage rods must terminate at the segement they are installed in. Each rod is held in place by a side-located locking 4-40 setscrew, which can be secured using a 0.05" (1.3 mm) balldriver or hex key. An engraved scale with 2° graduations allows for reliable manual positioning (see the photo to the upper right). After the rotation is adjusted, a flexure locking mechanism, which is engaged with a 5/64" (2 mm) hex key, secures the rotation. The fixed side of the cage plate is equipped with a 4-40 (M3) tapped hole for mounting with our Mini-Series Optical Posts.

30 mm and 60 mm versions of this cage plate are also available.

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Two SCPU05 plates can form a rotating cage segment
between two fixed segments.

This animation shown above illutrates how one cage segment rotates while the other remains fixed. While the animation shows the CPU1, the process is same for the SCPU05(/M). Note that the threaded bore does not rotate.

Cage System Overview

The Cage Assembly System provides a convenient way to construct large optomechanical systems with an established line of precision-machined building blocks designed for high flexibility and accurate alignment.

16 mm, 30 mm, and 60 mm Cage System Standards

Thorlabs offers three standards defined by the center-to-center spacing of the cage assembly rods (see image below). The 16 mm cage, 30 mm cage, and 60 mm cage standards are designed to accommodate Ø1/2", Ø1", and Ø2" optics, respectively. Specialized cage plates that allow smaller optics to be directly inserted into our larger cage systems are also available.

Standard Threads

The flexibility of our Cage Assembly System stems from well-defined mounting and thread standards designed to directly interface with a wide range of specialized products. The three most prevalent thread standards are our SM05 Series (0.535"-40 thread), SM1 Series (1.035"-40 thread), and SM2 Series (2.035"-40 thread), all of which were defined to house the industry's most common optic sizes. Essential building blocks, such as our popular lens tubes, directly interface to these standards.

An example of the standard cage plate measurements determining cage system compatibility.
Standard Cage System Measurements
Cage System 16 mm 30 mm 60 mm
Thread Series SM05 SM1 SM2
Rod to Rod Spacing 16 mm (0.63") 30 mm (1.18") 60 mm (2.36")
Total Length 25 mm (0.98") 41 mm (1.60") 71.1 mm (2.80")
Cage Components
Cage Rods 16 mm These rods are used to connect cage plates, optic mounts, and other components in the cage system. The SR Series Cage Rods are compatible with our 16 mm cage systems, while the 30 mm and 60 mm cage systems use ER Series Cage Rods.
30 mm
60 mm
Cage Plates 16 mm These serve as the basic building blocks for a cage system. They may have SM-threaded central bores, smooth bores sized for industry standard optics or to accommodate the outer profile of our SM Series Lens Tubes, or specialized bores for other components such as our FiberPorts.
30 mm
60 mm
Optic Mounts 16 mm Thorlabs offers fixed, kinematic, rotation, and translation mounts specifically designed for our Cage Systems.
30 mm
60 mm
Cage Cubes 16 mm These cubes are useful for housing larger optical components, such as prisms or mirrors, or optics that need to sit at an angle to the beam path, such as beamsplitters. Our cage cubes are available empty or with pre-mounted optics.
30 mm
60 mm
Replacement Setscrews Replacement setscrews are offered for our 16 mm (SS4B013, SS4B025, and SS4B038) and 30 mm (SS4MS5 and SS4MS4) cage systems products.
Post and Breadboard Mounts and Adapters Mounting options for cage systems can be found on our Cage System Construction pages. Cage Systems can be mounted either parallel or perpendicular to the table surface.
Size Adapters Cage System Size Adapters can be used to integrate components from different cage system and threading standards.
Specialized Components Thorlabs also produces specialized cage components, such as Filter Wheels, a HeNe Laser Mount, and a FiberPort Cage Plate Adapter, allowing a wide range of our products to be integrated into cage-mounted optical systems. Explore our Cage Systems Visual Navigation Guide to see the full range of Thorlabs' cage components.

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16 mm Rotating Cage Segment Plate

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