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Dovetail Rail Carriers


  • Mount Components on Dovetail Rails
  • Perpendicular Dovetail Carrier Allows Transverse Adjustments

RC3

90° Cross-Coupler

RC1

1/4" (M6) Counterbore

RC2

1/4" (M6) Counterbore
8-32 (M4) Taps

Application Idea

1.00"
(25.4 mm)

2.00"
(50.8 mm)

A KMS Kinematic Mount Attached to an RC4 Rail Carrier on an RLA Optical Rail

RC4

#8 (M4) Counterbore

0.60"
(15.2 mm)

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Features

  • Rail Carriers Mount Components to Dovetail Rails
  • Thumbscrew Clamp with Rounded, Spring-Loaded Plastic Tip
  • 8-32 (M4) and 1/4"-20 (M6) Compatible Options

Thorlabs' Dovetail Optical Rail Carriers are designed to mount components to our RLA Dovetail Optical Rails. Once attached, these rail carriers enable one-dimensional movement of optomechanics at any position along the length of the rail. They are precision machined on all surfaces in order to maintain good lateral alignment while being translated, and can be easily placed into any existing rail system without requiring access to the rail ends.

These rail carriers are provided in four varieties. The RC4 is a compact 0.60" long rail carrier platform that features a #8 (M4) counterbore for mounting lightweight optomechanical components. The RC1 is 1" long and features a 1/4" (M6) counterbored hole. The RC2(/M) is 2" long to accommodate larger components and provides two 8-32 (M4) tapped holes and a 1/4" (M6) counterbored hole. The RC2(/M) also comes with an SD1 adapter ring, which allows a #8 (M4) cap screw to be used within the 1/4" (M6) counterbored holes. The RC3 provides a dovetail perpendicular to that of the RLA rail it is mounted on, allowing an RC1, RC2, or RC4 to be attached on top to provide coarse transverse adjustments.


Posted Comments:
tmorgus  (posted 2015-09-08 19:32:35.257)
The RC3 isn't specifically designed for the XE25 rail system so it would probably be best if you talked to an application engineer so that they could understand all the elements of your plan. I typically use the XT34 rail system (http://www.thorlabs.com/newgrouppage9.cfm?objectgroup_id=855) when building 2D or 3D load bearing structures that need rail carriers. Tyler, Optomechanics Business Unit
user  (posted 2015-09-08 18:13:03.27)
Hi there, I am wondering what weight can RC3 carry without problem. Here is what I am going to do, use 4 XE25 rail vertically, and 4 RC3 on each rail, then these 4 RC3 carries two XE25 rails horizontally, then some weight on the two horizontal rails. Can it support 10kg?

Dovetail Rail Carrier, #8 (M4) Counterbore

  • 0.60" x 1.00" (15.2 mm x 25.4 mm) Carrier Platform
  • #8 (M4) Counterbored Hole for Mounting

The RC4 Rail Carrier is designed to mount optomechanical components on an RLA dovetail rail using a #8 (M4) counterbore. The carrier can be placed onto the rail anywhere along its length without requiring access to the rail ends. The spring-loaded plunger built into the locking thumbscrew provides wobble-free translation as the carrier slides along the rail.

Based on your currency / country selection, your order will ship from Newton, New Jersey  
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RC4 Support Documentation
RC4NEW!Dovetail Rail Carrier, 0.60" x 1.00" (15.2 mm x 25.4 mm), #8 (M4) Counterbore
$25.40
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Dovetail Rail Carrier, 1/4" (M6) Counterbore

SD1 Adapter Ring in RC1 Rail Carrier

Rail Carrier Cross Section with SD1 Counterbore Adapter Ring
(Not Included)

  • 1.00" x 1.00" (25.4 mm x 25.4 mm) Carrier Platform
  • 1/4" (M6) Counterbored Hole for Mounting

The RC1 Rail Carrier is designed to mount optomechanical components on an RLA dovetail rail using a 1/4" (M6) counterbore. It can also mount 8-32 (M4) tapped components when used with the SD1 counterbore adapter ring (not included). The carrier can be placed onto the rail anywhere along its length without requiring access to the rail ends. The spring-loaded plunger built into the locking thumbscrew provides wobble-free translation as the carrier slides along the rail.

Based on your currency / country selection, your order will ship from Newton, New Jersey  
+1 Qty Docs Part Number - Universal Price Available / Ships
RC1 Support Documentation
RC1Dovetail Rail Carrier, 1.00" x 1.00" (25.4 mm x 25.4 mm), 1/4" (M6) Counterbore
$25.40
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Dovetail Rail Carrier, 1/4" (M6) Counterbore, 8-32 (M4) Taps

SD1 Adapter Ring in RC1 Rail Carrier

Rail Carrier Cross Section with Included SD1 Counterbore Adapter Ring

  • Large 2.00" x 1.00" (51 mm x 25 mm) Carrier Platform
  • 1/4" (M6) Counterbored Hole and Two 8-32 (M4) Tapped Holes for Mounting
  • SD1 Counterbore Adapter Ring Included

The RC2(/M) Rail Carrier is designed to mount optomechanical components on an RLA dovetail rail using a 1/4" (M6) counterbore and two 8-32 (M4) tapped holes. An SD1 counterbore adapter ring is included for mounting 8-32 (M4) tapped components in the 1/4" (M6) counterbored hole. The carrier can be placed onto the rail anywhere along its length without requiring access to the rail ends. The spring-loaded plunger built into the locking thumbscrew provides wobble-free translation as the carrier slides along the rail.

Based on your currency / country selection, your order will ship from Newton, New Jersey  
+1 Qty Docs Part Number - Imperial Price Available / Ships
RC2 Support Documentation
RC2Dovetail Rail Carrier, 2.00" x 1.00", 1/4" Counterbore, 8-32 Taps
$29.33
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+1 Qty Docs Part Number - Metric Price Available / Ships
RC2/M Support Documentation
RC2/MDovetail Rail Carrier, 50.8 mm x 25.4 mm, M6 Counterbore, M4 Taps
$29.33
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Perpendicular Dovetail Rail Carrier

RC3 Application
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Item #QtyDescription
Imperial Product List
RC11Dovetail Rail Carrier, 1.00" x 1.00" (25.4 mm x 25.4 mm), 1/4" (M6) Counterbore
RC31Rail Carrier, Perpendicular Dovetail
RLA06001Dovetail Optical Rail, 6", Imperial
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Item #QtyDescription
Metric Product List
RC11Dovetail Rail Carrier, 1.00" x 1.00" (25.4 mm x 25.4 mm), 1/4" (M6) Counterbore
RC31Rail Carrier, Perpendicular Dovetail
RLA150/M1Dovetail Optical Rail, 150 mm, Metric
RC3 and RC1 Rail Carriers Attached to an RLA0600 Optical Rail
  • 1.25" (31.8 mm) Long Dovetail Perpendicular to Rail
  • Allows Coarse Transverse Adjustments

The RC3 Perpendicular Dovetail Rail Carrier provides a 1.25" (31.8 mm) dovetail surface perpendicular to the RLA dovetail rail on which it is clamped. This allows for transverse translation of an RC1, RC2, or RC4 rail carrier (sold above) in the direction perpendicular to the RLA rail.

Based on your currency / country selection, your order will ship from Newton, New Jersey  
+1 Qty Docs Part Number - Universal Price Available / Ships
RC3 Support Documentation
RC3Rail Carrier, Perpendicular Dovetail
$30.60
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