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Cage System Adapters
Cage System Size Adapters Allow
The SP05(/M) and LCP02(/M) cage adapter plates offer a way to switch between 16 mm and 30 mm cages, and 30 mm and 60 mm cages, respectively. Each cage plate has four through holes for cage rods, which are secured in the plate using 4-40 setscrews. We also offer orthogonal cage system size adapters.
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 accomodate 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. All locking setscrews used in these cage plates are standard 4-40 setscrews, which use a 0.05" hex key.
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.
The SP05(/M) cage plate provides a convenient means for coupling 16 mm and 30 mm cage assemblies (see image to the right). The Ø4 mm SR rod and Ø6 mm ER rod holes are each accompanied by a side-located locking 4-40 setscrew, which can be secured using a 0.05" hex key. The SP05(/M) also has an 8-32 (M4) tapped hole for post-mounting and a centered SM05 (0.535"-40) tapped bore (SM05RR retaining rings sold separately). This cage plate offers tight tolerances on the cage rod holes to ensure that both the 30 mm and 16 mm cage segments are centered around the central SM05 bore.
Additionally, two of these cage plates can be used to straddle a 16 mm cage subassembly in such a way that the entire assembly [SP05(/M), 16 mm subsystem, and SP05(/M)] can slide along the 30 mm cage rods as a single optomechanical unit.
For users who do not need the tight tolerances necessary to accommodate both 16 mm and 30 mm cage rods, Thorlabs offers a 30 mm cage plate, the CP11, for mounting a Ø1/2" optic or lens tube.
The LCP02(/M) Cage Plate provides a convenient means for coupling 30 mm and 60 mm cage assemblies via our Ø6 mm ER Cage Rods. The centered SM1 (1.035"-40) tapped hole directly accepts optics up to 0.35" (9 mm) thick (SM1RR retaining rings sold separately). Each cage rod through hole is accompanied by a side-located locking 4-40 setscrew, which can be secured using a 0.05" (1.3mm) hex key. The LCP02(/M) also has an 8-32 (M4) tapped hole for Ø1/2" post mounting. The surface with the 8-32 (M4) tap is not wide enough to support Ø1" posts.
Additionally, two of these cage plates can be used to straddle a 30 mm cage subassembly in such a way that the entire assembly [LCP02(/M), 30 mm subsystem, and LCP02(/M)] can slide along the 60 mm cage rods as a single optomechanical unit. A 16 mm cage assembly can also be easily integrated by utilizing the SP05 cage plate adapter (sold above).