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High-Density Optical Breadboards, Mini-Series and Standard Series Taps


  • Designed to Mount Standard and Mini-Series Components
  • 4-40 (M3) or Both 8-32 (M4) and 1/4"-20 (M6) Mounting Holes
  • Matte Black Anodized Finish Reduces Unwanted Reflections
  • Anodized and Unanodized Breadboards for Benchtop Electronics Enclosures

MSB12

12" x 12"
8-32 and 1/4"-20 Taps

MS12B

12" x 12"
4-40 Taps

MSBU1823

180 x 230 mm, 8-32 and 1/4"-20 Taps
Unanodized Surface

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Twelve inch by twelve inch breadboard with five mounting holes.
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A fifth mounting hole in the middle of larger breadboards increases rigidity and reduces stress when mounting heavy loads.

Features

  • High-Density Imperial or Metric Hole Patterns
    • 4-40 (M3) Taps for Mini-Series Components
    • 8-32 (M4) and 1/4"-20 (M6) Taps for Both Standard and Mini-Series Components
  • 1/2" (12.5 mm) Hole Spacing for Increased Mounting Options
  • Counterbores for Mounting Breadboards to Optical Tables, on Mounting Feet, or Inside EC2030 Enclosures
  • Black Anodized Solid Aluminum Construction Minimizes Reflectance
    • Unanodized Breadboard for EC2030 Enclosures Also Available
  • Double-Density and Standard Versions Available
  • Custom Breadboards Available; Contact Tech Support

Thorlabs' Mini-Series breadboards, designed for setups where space is a premium, offer increased tapped hole density with 1/2" (12.5 mm) spacing. These high-density breadboards are offered with either 4-40 (M3) tapped holes or both 8-32 (M4) and 1/4"-20 (M6) tapped holes.

Our Mini-Series line consists of components that are compatible with 4-40 (M3) or 8-32 (M4) threads. The 4-40 (M3) taps in the MS12B(/M) breadboard make it compatible with smaller 4-40 (M3) Mini-Series components, such as our Ø6 mm posts. Our other breadboards are compatible with 8-32 (M4) Mini-Series components, such as our Ø12 mm pedestal posts and MSL post holders, and also include 1/4"-20 (M6) taps for integrating larger optomechanical components, such as our Ø1/2”, Ø1”, and Ø1.5” post assemblies.

Each breadboard features two, four, or five counterbored mounting holes, depending on the size of the board, enabling these breadboards to be mounted onto our standard breadboards, mounting feet, or post assemblies. For breadboards that have a fifth counterbored hole, it is located at the center of the breadboard to reduce stress at the four corners and to increase system rigidity when mounted. Refer to the tables below for more specifications.

Two imperial and two metric breadboards with both 8-32 (M4) and 1/4"-20 (M6) tapped holes, featured below, are designed for use with the EC2030A and EC2030B customizable electronics enclosures. They are thinner than the other breadboards on this page, and the mounting counterbores are positioned to allow the breadboards to be mounted within the enclosure. See our benchtop enclosures for custom electronics for details. Anodized and unanodized versions are available.

Custom Breadboards
We offer a service for custom breadboard orders, with options that include hole pattern and spacing, size, thickness, and anodizing. For a quote, please use our contact Tech Support.


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Breadboards with 4-40 (M3) Taps

Imperial Breadboards
Item # Top Surface Dimensions Breadboard Thickness Hole Threading and Spacing Distance from Edge to First Hole Number of Counterbored Holes Material Finish Flatness
MS12B 12" x 12" 3/8" 4-40 Tapped Holes on 1/2" Centers 0.5" on All Sides Four 1/4"a Aluminum Plate Matte Black Anodized 0.015" (0.38 mm) over 1 ft2 (0.09 m2)
  • Located at Corners with a 1" Inset
Metric Breadboards
Item # Top Surface Dimensions Breadboard Thickness Hole Threading and Spacing Distance from Edge to First Hole Number of Counterbored Holes Material Finish Flatness
MS12B/M 300 mm x
300 mm
9.5 mm M3 Tapped Holes on
12.5 mm Centers
12.5 mm on All Sides Four M6a Aluminum Plate Matte Black Anodized 0.015" (0.38 mm) over 1 ft2 (0.09 m2)
  • Located at Corners with a 25 mm Inset
Based on your currency / country selection, your order will ship from Newton, New Jersey  
+1 Qty Docs Part Number - Imperial Price Available
MS12B Support Documentation
MS12B12" x 12" x 3/8" Mini-Series Aluminum Breadboard, 4-40 High-Density Taps
$276.31
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+1 Qty Docs Part Number - Metric Price Available
MS12B/M Support Documentation
MS12B/M300 mm x 300 mm x 9.5 mm Mini-Series Aluminum Breadboard, M3 High-Density Taps
$276.31
Today

Breadboards with 8-32 (M4) and 1/4"-20 (M6) Taps

Imperial Breadboards
Item # Top Surface Dimensions Breadboard Thickness Hole Threading and Spacing Distance from Edge to First Hole Number of Counterbored Holes Material Finish Flatness
MSB23 2" x 3" 3/8" 8-32 Taps with 1/2" Spacing and 1/4"-20 Taps with 1" Spacinga 0.5" on All Sides Two 1/4"b Aluminum Plate Matte Black Anodized 0.015" (0.38 mm) over 1 ft2 (0.09 m2)
MSB34 3" x 4" Four 1/4"b
MSB36 3" x 6"
MSB46 4" x 6"
MSB6 6" x 6"
MSB12 12" x 12" Five 1/4"b,c
MSB1218
12" x 18"
  • Note that the 8-32 and 1/4"-20 grids overlap. See the image in the Overview tab above.
  • Inset from the Corners by 1"
  • The fifth counterbored hole is located at the center of the breadboard.
Metric Breadboards
Item # Top Surface Dimensions Breadboard Thickness Hole Threading and Spacing Distance from Edge to First Hole Number of Counterbored Holes Material Finish Flatness
MSB5075/M 50 mm x 75 mm 9.5 mm M4 Taps with 12.5 mm Spacing and M6 Taps with 25 mm Spacinga 12.5 mm on
All Sides
Two M6b Aluminum Plate Matte Black Anodized 0.015" (0.38 mm) over 
1 ft2 (0.09 m2)
MSB7510/M 75 mm x 100 mm Four M6b
MSB7515/M 75 mm x 150 mm
MSB1015/M 100 mm x 150 mm
MSB15/M 150 mm x 150 mm
MSB30/M 300 mm x 300 mm Five M6b,c
MSB3045/M 300 mm x 450 mm
  • Note that the M4 and M6 grids overlap. See the image in the Overview tab above.
  • Inset from the Corners by 25 mm
  • The fifth counterbored hole is located at the center of the breadboard.
Based on your currency / country selection, your order will ship from Newton, New Jersey  
+1 Qty Docs Part Number - Imperial Price Available
MSB23 Support Documentation
MSB23NEW!2" x 3" x 3/8" Mini-Series Aluminum Breadboard, 8-32 and 1/4"-20 High-Density Taps
$25.00
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MSB34 Support Documentation
MSB34NEW!3" x 4" x 3/8" Mini-Series Aluminum Breadboard, 8-32 and 1/4"-20 High-Density Taps
$34.00
Today
MSB36 Support Documentation
MSB36NEW!3" x 6" x 3/8" Mini-Series Aluminum Breadboard, 8-32 and 1/4"-20 High-Density Taps
$44.00
Today
MSB46 Support Documentation
MSB464" x 6" x 3/8" Mini-Series Aluminum Breadboard, 8-32 and 1/4"-20 High-Density Taps
$55.00
Today
MSB6 Support Documentation
MSB66" x 6" x 3/8" Mini-Series Aluminum Breadboard, 8-32 and 1/4"-20 High-Density Taps
$69.00
Today
MSB12 Support Documentation
MSB1212" x 12" x 3/8" Mini-Series Aluminum Breadboard, 8-32 and 1/4"-20 High-Density Taps
$221.00
Today
MSB1218 Support Documentation
MSB121812" x 18" x 3/8" Mini-Series Aluminum Breadboard, 8-32 and 1/4"-20 High-Density Taps
$345.25
Today
+1 Qty Docs Part Number - Metric Price Available
MSB5075/M Support Documentation
MSB5075/MNEW!50 mm x 75 mm x 9.5 mm Mini-Series Aluminum Breadboard, M4 and M6 High-Density Taps
$25.00
Today
MSB7510/M Support Documentation
MSB7510/MNEW!75 mm x 100 mm x 9.5 mm Mini-Series Aluminum Breadboard, M4 and M6 High-Density Taps
$34.00
Today
MSB7515/M Support Documentation
MSB7515/MNEW!75 mm x 150 mm x 9.5 mm Mini-Series Aluminum Breadboard, M4 and M6 High-Density Taps
$44.00
Today
MSB1015/M Support Documentation
MSB1015/M100 mm x 150 mm x 9.5 mm Mini-Series Aluminum Breadboard, M4 and M6 High-Density Taps
$55.00
Today
MSB15/M Support Documentation
MSB15/M150 mm x 150 mm x 9.5 mm Mini-Series Aluminum Breadboard, M4 and M6 High-Density Taps
$69.00
Today
MSB30/M Support Documentation
MSB30/M300 mm x 300 mm x 9.5 mm Mini-Series Aluminum Breadboard, M4 and M6 High-Density Taps
$221.00
Today
MSB3045/M Support Documentation
MSB3045/M300 mm x 450 mm x 9.5 mm Mini-Series Aluminum Breadboard, M4 and M6 High-Density Taps
$345.25
Today

Breadboards for EC2030 Enclosures, 8-32 (M4) and 1/4"-20 (M6) Taps

The MSB1823(/M) and MSBU1823(/M) breadboards are designed to fit inside the EC2030A(R) or EC2030B(R) benchtop enclosures for custom electronics. The breadboards have a thickness of 7.0 mm, which is thinner than the standard aluminum breadboards sold above. In addition, these breadboards have four M3 counterbored mounting holes for compatibility with the enclosure, rather than four 1/4" (M6) counterbored holes. See the table to the right for specifications, and see the PDF drawings for details by clicking on the red Docs icons (info icon) below.

Imperial Breadboards
Item # Top Surface Dimensions Breadboard Thickness Hole Threading and Spacing Distance from Edge to First Hole Number of Counterbored Holes Material Finish Flatness
MSB1823 7.09" x 9.06" 0.28" 8-32 Taps with 1/2" Spacing and 1/4"-20 Taps with 1" Spacinga 0.54" and 0.53",
Two Sides Each
Four M3b Aluminum Plate Matte Black Anodized ±0.006" (0.15 mm) over Entire Surface
MSBU1823 None
  • Note that the 8-32 (M4) and 1/4"-20 (M6) grids overlap. See the image in the Overview tab above.
  • Aligned with Taps in EC2030 Enclosures
Metric Breadboards
Item # Top Surface Dimensions Breadboard Thickness Hole Threading and Spacing Distance from Edge to First Hole Number of Counterbored Holes Material Finish Flatness
MSB1823/M 180.0 mm x 230.0 mm 7.0 mm M4 Taps with 12.5 mm Spacing and M6 Taps with 25 mm Spacinga 15.0 mm on
All Sides
Four M3b Aluminum Plate Matte Black Anodized ±0.006" (0.15 mm) over Entire Surface
MSBU1823/M None
  • Note that the 8-32 (M4) and 1/4"-20 (M6) grids overlap. See the image in the Overview tab above.
  • Aligned with Taps in EC2030 Enclosures
Based on your currency / country selection, your order will ship from Newton, New Jersey  
+1 Qty Docs Part Number - Imperial Price Available
MSB1823 Support Documentation
MSB1823Aluminum Breadboard for EC2030 Enclosures, 7.09" x 9.06" x 0.28", 8-32 and 1/4"-20 High-Density Taps
$125.66
Today
MSBU1823 Support Documentation
MSBU1823Unanodized Aluminum Breadboard for EC2030 Enclosures, 7.09" x 9.06" x 0.28", 8-32 and 1/4"-20 High-Density Taps
$113.30
Today
+1 Qty Docs Part Number - Metric Price Available
MSB1823/M Support Documentation
MSB1823/MAluminum Breadboard for EC2030 Enclosures, 180 mm x 230 mm x 7 mm, M4 and M6 High-Density Taps
$125.66
Today
MSBU1823/M Support Documentation
MSBU1823/MUnanodized Aluminum Breadboard for EC2030 Enclosures, 180 mm x 230 mm x 7 mm, M4 and M6 High-Density Taps
$113.30
Today
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