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Housings for Customizable Electronics


  • Housings for Custom Electronics or Impedance Loads
  • In-Line BNC Feedthrough Design for Compact Circuits
  • Extruded Aluminum Housings for PCBs

ET1

Empty In-Line BNC Feedthrough Housing

EEB3311

Customizable Electronics Housing, Blank End Plates

Application Idea

ET1 with an RC Circuit Made from Standard Electronic Elements

EEA14

Customizable Electronics Housing, BNC Connectors

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The slotted body of the EEA14 is shown here with the EEAPCB1 Customizable PCB (shown with electrical elements, not included) partially inserted into it.

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EEC3011 Housing Mounted using an ECM125 Clamp on a Ø1/2" Post

Features

  • Compact, Customizable Electronic Enclosures
    • In-Line BNC Feedthrough Housing
    • Extruded Housings for Printed Circuit Boards, with BNC or SMA Connectors or Blank End Plates
    • Extra Blank End Plates or End Plates with BNC or SMA Connectors
  • Facilitate Quick Integration of Custom Electronics
  • Compatible with Standard Electronic Elements
  • Blank Area Engraved on Housing for Write-On Labels
  • Aluminum Side Clamps for Mounting Housings

Thorlabs’ Customizable Electronics Housings are empty enclosures that enable the user to create custom electrical circuits, such as filters, voltage dividers, or impedance matchers. We offer these housings in two types. The smaller ET1 tube housing has a male BNC connector on one side and a female BNC connector on the other side. This in-line feedthrough housing is ideal for simple circuits made from a small number of standard electronic components or more complex circuits built with surface-mounted elements on a small printed circuit board (PCB). For circuits that require more space, the extruded electronics enclosures are ideal. These housings are slotted inside to accept printed circuit boards and are offered with blank end plates, female BNC connectors, or female SMA connectors. Several sizes are available; for detailed dimensions of the enclosures, please click on either the red Docs icons () or the blue icons () below.

Extra end plates and screws are available for many of the housings sold below. The end plates are blank or have female BNC or female SMA connectors. Aluminum side clamps are available as additional mounting options for the housings. The clamps have a #8 (M4) counterbore, which allows them to be mounted to a Ø1/2" post or other surface with an 8-32 (M4) tap. Alternatively, double-sided plastic clamps are available to mount a housing on top of another housing for a secure, compact setup.


Posted Comments:
melanie  (posted 2018-09-18 10:58:01.907)
Can you please confirm that the housings are electrically isolated from the outer conductor on the BNC output and input ? I'm concerned about pick-up from eg power supplies. This question applies to all the filters Thorlabs are marketing, as well as the custom housing. I'm failrly confident your answer is "YES", but I just want to confirm. Thank you.
YLohia  (posted 2018-09-24 09:08:33.0)
Hello, thank you for contacting Thorlabs. The BNC case is directly and electrically connected to the body housing.
ludoangot  (posted 2016-12-27 17:36:04.707)
The recent introduction of your side clamps for your housings prompts me to suggest a housing accepting a standard arduino uno board and some side clamps which could fit your 30mm and 60mm cage system. Arduino is likely used by some of your customers alongside Thorlabs opto-mechanical elements (I am one of them), and a dedicated housing with cage clamps would be much welcome.
tfrisch  (posted 2016-12-27 02:57:02.0)
Hello, thank you for contacting Thorlabs. I have posted this feedback in our internal engineering forum.

Empty In-Line BNC Feedthrough Housing

Engraved EF502
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The ET1 housing is shown here with its outer shell removed (top). A blank label is included on the back side (bottom).
  • Ø0.63" × 2.61" In-Line BNC Feedthrough Housing
  • Compatible with Off-the-Shelf Electronic Elements
  • Accepts 10 mm x 15 mm PCB
  • Male and Female BNC Connectors
  • Blank Area to Label Custom Circuits

The ET1 tube housing is an in-line (feedthrough) BNC structure with a male BNC connector on one side and a female BNC connector on the other side (as shown in the image to the right). The 2-56 screw in the base provides a convenient connection to ground, and the compact design can easily house a small number of standard electronic elements (e.g., resistors, capacitors, etc.). The Application Idea at the top of the page shows the ET1 with a simple RC filter using standard circuit elements.

The ET1 electronic housing can hold a small (10 mm × 15 mm) form factor PCB that, using surface mounted elements, allows for the inclusion of many electronic elements. For example, Thorlabs' low- and high-pass filters (which were the basis for the ET1) house 5th and 6th order elliptical filters composed of anywhere from 8 to 15 electronic elements. The back side of the enclosure includes a blank label for identifying custom circuits. For detailed dimensions, click on the Docs icon (info icon) below. 

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ET1 Support Documentation
ET1Housing for Customizable Electronics, In-Line BNC, Ø0.63" × 2.61"
$46.92
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Empty Extruded Aluminum Housings for PCBs, with Connectors


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The slotted body of the EEA14 is shown here with the EEAPCB1 Customizable PCB (shown with electrical elements, not included) partially inserted into it.

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Back View of the EEA14's Slotted Female BNC Connector
  • 1.00" x 1.25" x 2.51" Extruded Housings
  • Slotted Construction for a 0.99" x 2.30" PCB
  • Two Connector Types:
    • EEA14: Two Female BNC Connectors
    • EEA17: Two Female SMA Connectors
  • Blank Area to Label Custom Circuits

These Extruded Electronics Housings are empty 1.00" x 1.25" x 2.51" enclosures with nickel-plated ends. The EEA14 has two female BNC connectors and the EEA17 has two female SMA connectors. The housings have slots inside to accept a PCB with a thickness between 0.060" and 0.070". See the table below for compatible PCB sizes for the enclosures. For detailed dimensions of each enclosure, click on the blue icon () in the table. These enclosures are ideal for housing a wide variety of electronic devices that can be built with surface-mounted elements, such as Thorlabs' EEAPCB1 Customizable Printed Circuit Board (shown in the image to the right), which gives users the ability to create their own RCL circuits.

The end plates of these housings are easily removable and are held in place with 4-40 round-head Phillips screws. The front side of the enclosures includes a blank label for identifying custom circuits. Note that these housings are made from extruded bar stock, and as such, some minor cosmetic defects in the finished products are to be expected.

Item # Connectors Housing Dimensionsa Compatible PCB Dimensions Compatible Items
Horizontal Orientation Vertical Orientation Printed Circuit Boards Side Clamps
EEA14 Two BNC Femaleb 0.99" x 2.30"
(25.1 mm x 58.4 mm)
0.75" x 2.30"
(19.0 mm x 58.4 mm)
EEAPB1
EEAPCB1
ECM100
ECM125
EEA17 Two SMA Female
  • Click on the blue icon (info icon) to view a mechanical drawing.
  • These connectors feature a 75 Ω impedance. If mated to a 50 Ω BNC connector, they will introduce an impedance mismatch that may degrade performance.
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+1 Qty Docs Part Number - Universal Price Available / Ships
EEA14 Support Documentation
EEA14Customizable Electronics Housing, BNC Connectors, 1.00" x 1.25" x 2.51"
$51.00
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EEA17 Support Documentation
EEA17Customizable Electronics Housing, SMA Connectors, 1.00" x 1.25" x 2.51"
$56.36
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Empty Extruded Aluminum Housings for PCBs, Blank End Plates


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Each electronics housing has a blank area for writing labels to identify custom circuits.

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EEB3311 Housing with End Plate Removed
  • Seven Sizes Available
  • Slotted Construction for Use with Printed Circuit Boards
  • Each Housing Includes Blank End Plates
  • Blank Area to Label Custom Circuits
  • Extra End Plates Available Below, Blank or with BNC or SMA Connectors

These extruded electronics housings are empty enclosures with nickel-plated ends. For detailed dimensions of each enclosure, click on the blue icon () in the table below. The housings have slots inside to accept a PCB with thickness between 0.060" and 0.065". See the table below for compatible PCB sizes for each enclosure. The front side of each enclosure includes a blank label area for identifying custom circuits. Note that these housings are made from extruded bar stock, and as such, some minor cosmetic defects in the finished products are to be expected.

Each housing has two blank end plates with a Ø0.05" pilot bore through hole (EEA11) or dimple (all other housings) for custom connectors. Note that the dimple may be on the inner side of the end plate when the enclosure is shipped. We recommend using a step drill bit to machine a hole in the end plate; a standard, single-size drill bit may cause deformation in the plate. The end plates are easily removable and are held in place with 4-40 (EEA11) or M3 (all other housings) Phillips pan head screws.

Extra blank end plates or end plates with BNC or SMA connectors are available separately below. Extra M3 screws are also available below.

Item # Housing
Dimensionsa
Compatible PCB Dimensions Compatible Items
Horizontal Orientation Vertical Orientation Printed Circuit Boards End Plates Side Clamps
EEA11 0.99" x 2.30"
(25.1 mm x 58.4 mm)
0.75" x 2.30"
(19.0 mm x 58.4 mm)
EEAPB1
EEAPCB1
N/Ab ECM100
ECM125
EEB3311 2.00" x 3.32"
(50.8 mm x 84.3 mm)
0.75" x 3.32"
(19.0 mm x 84.3 mm)
EEB33PCB1 EEBEP Blank End Plate
EEBEP10 Blank End Plates, 10 Pack
EEBEPBNC End Plate, BNC Connector
EEBEPSMA End Plate, SMA Connector
M3BHTF25 Screws
ECM100
ECM225
EEB4011 2.00" x 3.99"
(50.8 mm x 101.3 mm)
0.75" x 3.99"
(19.0 mm x 101.3 mm)
EEB40PCB1
EEC3011 1.50" x 2.99"
(38.1 mm x 76.0 mm)
1.00" x 2.99"
(19.0 mm x 76.0 mm)
N/A EECEP Blank End Plate
EECEP10 Blank End Plates, 10 Pack
EECEPBNC End Plate, BNC Connector
EECEPSMA End Plate, SMA Connector
M3BHTF25 Screws
ECM125
ECM175
EEC4011 1.50" x 3.99"
(38.1 mm x 101.3 mm)
1.00" x 3.99"
(19.0 mm x 101.3 mm)
EED3011 2.00" x 2.99"
(50.8 mm x 76.0 mm)
1.50" x 2.99"
(38.1 mm x 76.0 mm)
EEDEP Blank End Plate
EEDEP10 Blank End Plates, 10 Pack
EEDEPBNC End Plate, BNC Connector
EEDEPSMA End Plate, SMA Connector
M3BHTF25 Screws
ECM175
ECM225
EED4011 2.00" x 3.99"
(50.8 mm x 101.3 mm)
1.50" x 3.99"
(38.1 mm x 101.3 mm)
  • Click on the blue icon (info icon) to view a mechanical drawing.
  • The EEA14 Housing (sold above) includes end plates with female BNC connectors, while the EEA17 Housing includes end plates with female SMA connectors.
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EEA11 Support Documentation
EEA11Customizable Electronics Housing, Blank End Plates, 1.00" x 1.25" x 2.51"
$40.80
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EEB3311 Support Documentation
EEB3311Customizable Electronics Housing, Blank End Plates, 1.00" x 2.25" x 3.33"
$20.81
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EEB4011 Support Documentation
EEB4011Customizable Electronics Housing, Blank End Plates, 1.00" x 2.25" x 4.00"
$23.97
Today
EEC3011 Support Documentation
EEC3011Customizable Electronics Housing, Blank End Plates, 1.25" x 1.75" x 3.00"
$19.79
Today
EEC4011 Support Documentation
EEC4011Customizable Electronics Housing, Blank End Plates, 1.25" x 1.75" x 4.00"
$22.95
Today
EED3011 Support Documentation
EED3011Customizable Electronics Housing, Blank End Plates, 1.75" x 2.25" x 3.00"
$22.95
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EED4011 Support Documentation
EED4011Customizable Electronics Housing, Blank End Plates, 1.75" x 2.25" x 4.00"
$24.99
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Extra End Plates and Screws

Item # Style Compatible Housing End Plate Dimensions
EEBEP Blank EEB3311
EEB4011
1.00" x 2.25"
EEBEP10 Blank, Pack of 10
EEBEPBNC Female BNCa
EEBEPSMA Female SMA
EECEP Blank EEC3011
EEC4011
1.25" x 1.75"
EECEP10 Blank, Pack of 10
EECEPBNC Female BNCa
EECEPSMA Female SMA
EEDEP Blank EED3011
EED4011
1.75" x 2.25"
EEDEP10 Blank, Pack of 10
EEDEPBNC Female BNCa
EEDEPSMA Female SMA
  • These BNC connectors feature a 75 Ω impedance. If mated to a 50 Ω BNC connector, they will introduce an impedance mismatch that may degrade performance.

Extra end plates are available for many of the housings sold above. Blank end plates and end plates with BNC or SMA connectors are available. See the table to the right for details.

The blank end plates have a Ø0.05" pilot bore dimple for custom connectors. We recommend using a step drill bit to machine a hole in the end plate; a standard, single-size drill bit may cause deformation in the plate. The blank end plates are also available in packs of 10.

End plates with BNC or SMA connectors have a pre-drilled hole for their respective connector type. The components require some assembly when shipped, as shown in the photo to the upper right. Both the BNC and SMA connectors included with these items are female connectors. For electrical specifications of the connectors, click on the red Docs icon () next to the item # below.


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Exploded View of EEBEPBNC End Plate

Extra M3 Phillips pan head screws are available in packs of 25. These screws are compatible with all of the housings sold above except the ET1, EEA11, EEA14, and EEA17.

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EEBEP Support Documentation
EEBEPBlank End Plate for Customizable Electronics Housing, 1.00" x 2.25"
$2.60
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EEBEP10 Support Documentation
EEBEP10Blank End Plate for Customizable Electronics Housing, 1.00" x 2.25", Qty. 10
$22.95
Today
EEBEPBNC Support Documentation
EEBEPBNCEnd Plate for Customizable Electronics Housing, BNC Connector, 1.00" x 2.25"
$11.53
Today
EEBEPSMA Support Documentation
EEBEPSMAEnd Plate for Customizable Electronics Housing, SMA Connector, 1.00" x 2.25"
$14.08
Today
EECEP Support Documentation
EECEPBlank End Plate for Customizable Electronics Housing, 1.25" x 1.75"
$2.82
Today
EECEP10 Support Documentation
EECEP10Blank End Plate for Customizable Electronics Housing, 1.25" x 1.75", Qty. 10
$23.97
Today
EECEPBNC Support Documentation
EECEPBNCEnd Plate for Customizable Electronics Housing, BNC Connector, 1.25" x 1.75"
$12.55
Today
EECEPSMA Support Documentation
EECEPSMAEnd Plate for Customizable Electronics Housing, SMA Connector, 1.25" x 1.75"
$15.10
Today
EEDEP Support Documentation
EEDEPBlank End Plate for Customizable Electronics Housing, 1.75" x 2.25"
$3.12
Today
EEDEP10 Support Documentation
EEDEP10Blank End Plate for Customizable Electronics Housing, 1.75" x 2.25", Qty. 10
$27.29
Today
EEDEPBNC Support Documentation
EEDEPBNCEnd Plate for Customizable Electronics Housing, BNC Connector, 1.75" x 2.25"
$13.57
Today
EEDEPSMA Support Documentation
EEDEPSMAEnd Plate for Customizable Electronics Housing, SMA Connector, 1.75" x 2.25"
$16.22
Today
+1 Qty Docs Part Number - Metric Price Available / Ships
M3BHTF25 Support Documentation
M3BHTF25M3 Stainless Steel Phillips Pan Head Screw, 12 mm Long, Qty. 25
$7.29
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Aluminum Clamps, Post Mountable


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EEC3011 Mounted using an ECM125 on a Ø1/2" Post

These anodized aluminum clamps provide secure mounting for the rectangular electronics housings sold above. Four sizes of clamps are available, and each is designed to fit on one side of the housing; see the table below for compatibility. The clamp can snap onto the side of the appropriate housing and the flexure lock can be tightened using the 2 mm (5/64") hex locking screw on the side.

Each clamp has a #8 (M4) counterbore on the bottom; the ECM225 has three of these counterbores. The counterbores allow the clamps to be mounted on a Ø1/2" post or any surface with an 8-32 (M4) tap. The clamp must be mounted via the counterbore before the electronics housing is attached, as the counterbore will not be accessible once the housing is secured in the clamp.

Clamp Item # ECM100 ECM125 ECM175 ECM225
Width 1.00" 1.25" 1.75" 2.25"
Compatible Housings
EEA11
EEA14
EEA17
EEB3311
EEB4011
EEA11
EEA14
EEA17
EEC3011
EEC4011
EEC3011
EEC4011
EED3011
EED4011
EEB3311
EEB4011
EED3011
EED4011
Mounting Holes
One #8 (M4) Counterbore Three #8 (M4) Counterbores
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ECM100 Support Documentation
ECM100Aluminum Clamp for Electronics Housing, 1.00"
$16.73
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ECM125 Support Documentation
ECM125Aluminum Clamp for Electronics Housing, 1.25"
$17.24
Today
ECM175 Support Documentation
ECM175Aluminum Clamp for Electronics Housing, 1.75"
$17.75
Today
ECM225 Support Documentation
ECM225Aluminum Clamp for Electronics Housing, 2.25"
$18.26
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Plastic Clamps, Double Sided


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EEC3011 Mounted on EED4011 using Two EPS175 Double-Sided Clamps

These ABS plastic clamps provide secure mounting for the rectangular electronics housings sold above. Three sizes of clamps are available, and each is designed to attach two housings with a common side width; see the table below for compatibility. The clamp easily snaps onto the side of the appropriate housing. To remove the clamp, slide it along the edge of the housing until it comes off at the corner.

These clamps are sold in pairs.

Clamp Item # EPS125 EPS175 EPS225
Width 1.25" 1.75" 2.25"
Compatible Housings
EEA11
EEA14
EEA17
EEC3011
EEC4011
EEC3011
EEC4011
EED3011
EED4011
EEB3311
EEB4011
EED3011
EED4011
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EPS125 Support Documentation
EPS125Double-Sided Plastic Clamp for Electronics Housings, 1.25", Qty. 2
$6.00
Lead Time
EPS175 Support Documentation
EPS175Double-Sided Plastic Clamp for Electronics Housings, 1.75", Qty. 2
$6.25
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EPS225 Support Documentation
EPS225Double-Sided Plastic Clamp for Electronics Housings, 2.25", Qty. 2
$6.50
Today
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