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Clamps and Angle Brackets for 66 mm Rails


  • Clamps, Brackets, and Platforms Securely Connect 66 mm Rails
  • Join Rails at Right Angles in Three Dimensions
  • Rotation Clamps and Platforms Allow Arbitrary Orientations

XT66RA1

XT66C1

XT66RP1

XT66P2

XT66RD

XT66CC

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Rail-Mounted Periscope
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Rail-Mounted Periscope
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Features

  • Provides Stable and Rigid Mounting of 66 mm Rails and Components
  • Easy to Adjust and Position by Sliding
  • Clamp Design Permits Rails to be Dropped In and Tightened Into Place
  • Brackets, Clamps, and Carriages Orient Rails at Right Angles in Two or Three Dimensions
  • Rotating Options for Securing Rails at Arbitrary Angles

Thorlabs' clamps and brackets for 66 mm rails are fundamental building blocks of two- and three-dimensional rail constructions.

Clamps
Our clamps, which can be slid along the rail and locked in place, are designed to securely fasten two rails together. We offer options that attach rails in parallel, at right angles in horizontal and vertical planes, or at arbitrary angles in a horizontal plane. They feature a wide opening that tightens shut around the dovetailed rail side, allowing rails to be added and removed to a structure without having to disturb existing components.

Brackets
Brackets have short dovetail sections with the same cross-sectional profile as our 66 mm rails, oriented such that rails can be attached at fixed angles in up to three dimensions. They are designed to be used in combination with our clamps. Machined from a single piece of aluminum, they provide excellent rigidity and sturdiness.

Platforms
Platforms consist of a bottom-located clamp that is connected to another surface that enables free rotation. The XT66CC Counterbored Pivot Platform provides rotation through a full 360°, while the XT66RP1 Rotation Slide Platform provides ±45° of rotation with laser-engraved graduations.

Thorlabs offers an extensive selection of accessories for 66 mm rails, including clamps and angle brackets, breadboard mounts, mounting platforms, rail carriages, rail platform positioners, rotation slide platforms, rail joiners, and lens tube adapters. Together with size adapters that incorporate 34 mm and 95 mm rails into an XT66 setup, these tools provide a complete family of rigid, versatile building blocks suited for virtually any optomechanical setup.

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Simple Periscope, View 1 of 2


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Simple Periscope, View 2 of 2

Application Idea: A Simple Periscope

The photographs to the left depict a simple periscope constructed using our 66 mm rail system. The two photos display the same setup from two different angles in order to clearly show how each part has been integrated. The labeled parts correspond to a row in the upper table, while the lower table shows the clamps and optical mounts used throughout the periscope.

Please note that lenses and mirrors, which are not shown in the tables below, would also be required.

LabelItem #DescriptionProduct Image
1 XT66-500 66 mm Construction Rail, L = 500 mm  
2 XT66D2 50 mm Long Slotted Dovetail with One Z-Axis Counterbored Slot  
3 XT66D2-50 50 mm Long XT66 Platform with Three 1/4"-20 (M6) Counterbores  
4 XT66RA2 Right-Angle Clamp for 66 mm Rails  
5 XT66DP-500 66 mm Double Dovetail Rail, L = 500 mm  
6 XT66DE1 20 mm Long, 1/4"-20 Tapped Dovetail for 66 mm Rails  
Additional Items
  XT66C1 20 mm Long Double Dovetail Clamp for 66 mm Rails  
  XT66C2 40 mm Long Double Dovetail Clamp for 66 mm Rails  
  MA45-2 45° Mounting Adapter, Compatible with KM100 and KM200  
  KM100 Ø1" Kinematic Mirror Mount  
  LMR1 Ø1" Lens Mount  
XT66RP1 SmartPack Packaging
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XT66RP1 Packaging

Smart Pack

Item #% Weight
Reduction
CO2-Equivalent
Reductiona
XT66RP1 23.17% 0.99 kg

Smart Pack

  • Reduce Weight of Packaging Materials
  • Increase Usage of Recyclable Packing Materials
  • Improve Packing Integrity
  • Decrease Shipping Costs

Thorlabs' Smart Pack Initiative is aimed at waste minimization while still maintaining adequate protection for our products. By eliminating any unnecessary packaging, implementing packaging design changes, and utilizing eco-friendly packaging materials for our customers when possible, this initiative seeks to improve the environmental impact of our product packaging. Products listed above are now shipped in re-engineered packaging that minimizes the weight and the use of non-recyclable materials.b As we move through our product line, we will indicate re-engineered packages with our Smart Pack logo.

  • Travel-based emissions reduction calculations are estimated based on the total weight reduction of packaging materials used for all of 2013’s product sales, traveling 1,000 miles on an airplane, to provide general understanding of the impact of packaging material reduction. Calculations were made using the EPA’s shipping emissions values for different modes of transport.
  • Some Smart Pack products may show a negative weight reduction percentage as the substitution of greener packaging materials, such as the Greenwrap, at times slightly increases the weight of the product packaging.

Posted Comments:
ludoangot  (posted 2018-12-04 22:05:14.367)
How can the Rotation Slide Platform XT66RP1 be locked to a given angle? I can't find any reliable way to do so, the platform apparently is a friction fit design. Nothing is mentioned in the description about this, nor about the possibility or impossibility to lock it at an angle.
YLohia  (posted 2018-12-06 04:06:12.0)
Hello, thank you for contacting Thorlabs. Unfortunately, this item does not have the ability to be locked at an arbitrary position. I have contacted our marketing team to make this information clear on the website. I have also posted your feedback on our internal engineering forum for further consideration for design improvements.
bill.easterday  (posted 2016-08-23 10:38:13.263)
It would be great if a downloadable .pdf catalog listing all of the XT66 products was available. I could take a copy of it into our optics lab and simply mark it up to build a shopping list. Unfortunately, I couldn't find an all-inclusive listing in one place on the Thorlabs web site.

Double Dovetail Clamps for 66 mm Rails

XT66C1 Double Dovetail Clamp
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XT66C1220 mm Long Double Dovetail Clamp for 66 mm Rails
XT66-100166 mm Construction Rail, L = 100 mm
XT66-200166 mm Construction Rail, L = 200 mm
XT66C1 Clamps Hold Long Rail Segments in Parallel
XT66C1 Double Dovetail Clamp
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Schematic of Rails in Parallel
  • Clamp Between Rails or Accessories
  • Orient Rails Parallel to Each Other
  • XT66C1: 20 mm Long Clamp
  • XT66C2: 40 mm Long Clamp

Thorlabs' Double Dovetail Clamps for 66 mm Rails securely join XT66 rails and components in a parallel orientation. They are available in two lengths: 20 mm and 40 mm.

Using two XT66C1 clamps as a pair, as shown to the right, prevents torsional strains and keeps two rails parallel over the entire length spanned by the clamps. If a single-clamp solution is preferred, then we recommend the XT66C2, which provides additional surface contact. The XT66C2 is also perfectly sized to attach to our XT66D2-40 Dovetail Mounting Platform.

Based on your currency / country selection, your order will ship from Newton, New Jersey  
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XT66C1 Support Documentation
XT66C120 mm Long Double Dovetail Clamp for 66 mm Rails
$19.15
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XT66C2 Support Documentation
XT66C240 mm Long Double Dovetail Clamp for 66 mm Rails
$21.21
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Cross Clamp for 66 mm Rails

XT66CC Holding Two Rails at a Right Angle
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XT66CC1Cross Clamp for 66 mm Rails
XT66DP-500166 mm Double Dovetail Rail, L = 500 mm
XT66-200166 mm Construction Rail, L = 200 mm
XT66CC Holding Two 66 mm Rails at a Right Angle
  • Compact Clamp Joins Two 66 mm Rails at Right Angles
  • Single-Screw Clamping Mechanism

The XT66CC Cross Clamp fastens two rails or accessories together at a 90° angle and closes using a single screw, making it easy to adjust and reposition. The clamping surfaces on the top and bottom are 20 mm long.

In order to orient two rails such that they are not orthogonal, please consider the XT66RD Double Dovetail Rotation Clamp shown below.

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XT66CC Support Documentation
XT66CCCross Clamp for 66 mm Rails
$57.63
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Cross Bracket for 66 mm Rails

XT66CB Holding Two Rails at a Right Angle
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XT66CB1Cross Bracket for 66 mm Rails
XT66C1220 mm Long Double Dovetail Clamp for 66 mm Rails
XT66C2140 mm Long Double Dovetail Clamp for 66 mm Rails
XT66DP-500166 mm Double Dovetail Rail, L = 500 mm
XT66-200166 mm Construction Rail, L = 200 mm
XT66CB Holding Two 66 mm Rails at a Right Angle
  • Connect Two 66 mm Rails at 90°
  • Used with Dovetail Clamps

The XT66CB Cross Bracket creates a 90° intersection between two 66 mm rails and is typically used with dovetail clamps. It is ideal for situations where an XT66CC Cross Clamp is not available or desired. The dovetails on this bracket are 60 mm (2.36") long.

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XT66CB Support Documentation
XT66CBCross Bracket for 66 mm Rails
$22.52
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Right-Angle Clamp for 66 mm Rails

XT66RA1 Right-Angle Clamp
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XT66RA11Right-Angle Clamp for 66 mm Rails
XT66-200166 mm Construction Rail, L = 200 mm
XT66SP-500166 mm Single Dovetail Rail, L = 500 mm
Standard 66 mm Rail Mounted Vertically from a Base Rail
XT66RA1 Right-Angle Clamp
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XT66RA11Right-Angle Clamp for 66 mm Rails
XT66DP-500166 mm Double Dovetail Rail, L = 500 mm
XT66SP-500166 mm Single Dovetail Rail, L = 500 mm
Double Dovetail Rail Mounted Vertically from a Base Rail
  • Connect Rails at 90° Horizontally or Vertically
  • More Surface Engagement than Our Double Dovetail Clamps
  • Ideal for Reinforcing a Right-Angle Connection

The XT66RA1 Right-Angle Clamp is a heavy-duty clamp that securely holds two rails together and is well suited for building three-dimensional rail constructions. Its long diagonal helps to brace a 90° rail intersection, and the two-screw clamping mechanism provides a high degree of surface contact.

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XT66RA1 Support Documentation
XT66RA1Right-Angle Clamp for 66 mm Rails
$53.56
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Right-Angle Bracket for 66 mm Rails

XT66RA2 Right-Angle Bracket
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XT66C1220 mm Long Double Dovetail Clamp for 66 mm Rails
XT66C2140 mm Long Double Dovetail Clamp for 66 mm Rails
XT66RA21Right-Angle Bracket for 66 mm Rails
XT66DP-500166 mm Double Dovetail Rail, L = 500 mm
XT66-200166 mm Construction Rail, L = 200 mm
Right-Angle Connection Using Double Dovetail Clamps
  • Orient 66 mm Rails at 90° in Two or Three Dimensions
  • Combines Three Dovetails in One Bracket
  • Used with Dovetail Clamps
  • Machined from a Single Extrusion for High Rigidity

The XT66RA2 Right-Angle Bracket features three dovetails that can be used simultaneously. It contains two dovetails oriented at 90° for mounting rails horizontally or vertically, and a third dovetail is built into the diagonal brace. This third dovetail, oriented at 45°, both rotates the mounted rail and enables three-dimensional constructions from a single joint.

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XT66RA2 Support Documentation
XT66RA2Right-Angle Bracket for 66 mm Rails
$44.10
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Rail Carriage for 66 mm Rails

XT66P2 Clamps Two Rails at 90 Degrees
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XT66P21Rail Carriage for 66 mm Rails with 6-32, 8-32, & 1/4"-20 Taps
XT66-200266 mm Construction Rail, L = 200 mm
SH3M101M3 x 0.5 Alloy Steel Cap Screw, 10 mm Long, 50 Pack
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Metric Product List
XT66P2/M1Rail Carriage for 66 mm Rails with M4 & M6 Taps
XT66-200266 mm Construction Rail, L = 200 mm
SH3M101M3 x 0.5 Alloy Steel Cap Screw, 10 mm Long, 50 Pack
90° Intersection Between a Rail Side and Rail End
  • Form 90° Intersections Between the Side and End of Two Separate Rails
  • Side-Locked Clamping Mechanism is Easily Accessed
  • Also Used to Mount Optomechanics to Rail Sides

The XT66P2(/M) Rail Carriage contains four counterbored holes at the corners, positioned such that the carriage can fasten to the end of a standard 66 mm rail by using four M3 cap screws (not included). In this orientation, the swinging clamping arm, which tightens using a side-mounted 9/64" (M3) locking screw, is free to secure another 66 mm rail at a right angle. The arm provides ample clearance to lift the rail off when the locking screw is loosened.

Alternatively, this rail carriage can be fastened directly to a rail side to provide a mounting surface for optomechanics. The XT66P2(/M) contains a closely packed array of six 1/4"-20, four 8-32, and seven 6-32 tapped holes (six M6 and eleven M4 taps in the metric version), along with a centered 1/4" (M6) counterbore.

Based on your currency / country selection, your order will ship from Newton, New Jersey  
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XT66P2 Support Documentation
XT66P2Rail Carriage for 66 mm Rails with 6-32, 8-32, & 1/4"-20 Taps
$74.13
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XT66P2/M Support Documentation
XT66P2/MRail Carriage for 66 mm Rails with M4 & M6 Taps
$74.13
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Counterbored Pivot Platform for 66 mm Rails

XT66RC Clamp Holding Two Rails
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XT66RC1Counterbored Pivot Platform for 66 mm Rails
XT66C1120 mm Long Double Dovetail Clamp for 66 mm Rails
XT66-100266 mm Construction Rail, L = 100 mm
Rotate Components within a Plane Parallel to a Rail Side
  • Rounded Dovetail Shape Allows Any Orientation Between Rails
  • Directly Fastened to Base Rail
  • Requires an Additional Double Dovetail Clamp (Sold Above) to Fasten to Second Rail

The XT66RC Counterbored Pivot Platform consists of a removable dovetailed disk with a radially symmetric outer profile and a 40 mm long clamp. Our Double Dovetail Clamps, sold separately, can be directly fastened to this disk at an arbitrary angle and used to continuously rotate an attached rail through a full 360°. The XT66RD Double Dovetail Rotation Clamp shown immediately below is identical to this part, but includes an additional 40 mm clamp for attaching parts to the top.

Alternatively, the rotatable counterbored slot allows 1/4"-20 or M6-compatible optomechanics to be attached using our Low-Profile Channel Screws or Low-Profile T-Nuts, which are sold here.

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XT66RC Support Documentation
XT66RCCounterbored Pivot Platform for 66 mm Rails
$74.94
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Double Dovetail Rotation Clamp for 66 mm Rails

XT66RD Holding Two Rails
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Two 66 mm Rails at an Arbitrary Angle
  • Two Independent Clamps that Provide a Full 360° of Rotation
  • Create Complex Orientations Between Rails and Rail Systems

The XT66RD Double Dovetail Rotation Clamp includes all the parts needed to continuously rotate one rail with respect to another through a full 360°. Rotation is provided by a removable dovetailed disk with a radially symmetric outer profile. It is identical to the XT66RC Counterbored Pivot Platform shown immediately above, except that it includes two 40 mm long clamps instead of one.

In contrast to these options, the XT66CC Cross Clamp pictured above rotates rails by a fixed 90° and uses 20 mm long clamps.

Based on your currency / country selection, your order will ship from Newton, New Jersey  
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XT66RD Support Documentation
XT66RDDouble Dovetail Rotation Clamp for 66 mm Rails
$112.54
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Rotation Slide Platform for 66 mm Optical Rails

Two Rails Rotated by XT66RP1
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XT66RP11Rotation Slide Platform for 66 mm Rails
XT66C2140 mm Long Double Dovetail Clamp for 66 mm Rails
XT66-200266 mm Construction Rail, L = 200 mm
Two 66 mm Rails at a 45° Angle
  • Clamps Directly to 66 mm Rails and Provides ±45° of Rotation
  • 5.00" (127 mm) Long Rail Allows Translation of Mounted Objects with Respect to Center of Rotation
  • Easy-to-Read Laser Engraved Scale with 1° Resolution

The XT66RP1 Rotation Slide Platform provides a 5" (127 mm) long mounting surface that can be rotated by up to ±45° from the axis defined by the base rail. It clamps to a 66 mm rail using two rear-mounted locking screws. The laser-engraved scale features 1° graduations and allows mounted rails to be precisely and repeatably rotated. Although the platform cannot be locked in place, it features a friction-fit design that helps to prevent accidental movement or deviations from the desired angle.

Based on your currency / country selection, your order will ship from Newton, New Jersey  
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XT66RP1 Support Documentation
XT66RP1Rotation Slide Platform for 66 mm Rails
$163.91
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Last Edited: Aug 29, 2013 Author: Dan Daranciang