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Benchtop Enclosures for Electronic Devices


  • Aluminum Enclosures for Customizable Electronics
  • Aluminum Enclosure with Pre-Installed Electronics Modules
  • Multi-Output Power Supplies, AC Power Inlet, and Ventilation Fan
  • Mounting Boards and Breadboards

EC2030B

Gray Electronics Enclosure,
200 mm x 300 mm x 96 mm

EC1C

Enclosure with Pre-Installed Electronics Modules (Shown with Cover Removed)

EC1AC

AC Power Inlet

Custom Enclosures

Thorlabs offers a service to fully customize the benchtop enclosures sold on this page. See below for details.

EC1F

Ventilation Fan

EC2PS

15 W Power Supply Module

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Blank Enclosures
Enclosure with Pre-Installed Electronics Modules
Power Supply Modules
AC Power Inlet
Ventilation Fan
Mounting Boards
Breadboard for EC2530C(R)

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Example of Electronic Components Mounted on EC1530MB

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Example of EC1530A Enclosure (Shown with Cover Removed) with Electronic Components Installed

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EC2530BB Breadboard Inside EC2530C Enclosure

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Custom benchtop services include laser cutting, riveting, UV printing, and overlay custom molding.

Features

  • Red or Gray Aluminum Housings
    • 6 Sizes Available (See Table Below)
    • Compatible Electronics Modules Available Separately
  • Enclosure with Pre-Installed Electronics Modules:
    • +5 V / ±15 V Power Supply
    • AC Power Inlet with On/Off Switch and Fuse Holder
    • Enclosure Ventilation Fan
  • Aluminum Mounting Boards to Mount Components Inside Enclosures
  • Breadboard with 1/4"-20 (M6 x 1.0) Taps for EC2530C(R) Enclosures
  • Custom Configurations Available; See the Custom Enclosures Tab

Thorlabs offers several enclosure options, mounting boards, and electronics modules for customers interested in assembling their own benchtop electronic devices. Our enclosures are offered in either red or gray colors and come in six sizes; see the table below for options. Red enclosures are indicated by an R at the end of the enclosure's Item #. The front and rear panels of the enclosure are blank; input and output ports can be added by the user depending on the application.

We offer several modules for building electronic assemblies within the enclosure. These modules include power supplies with output powers of 15 W, 45 W, or 100 W; an AC power inlet; and a ventilation fan. The EC1C Pre-Assembled Enclosure includes the 45 W power supply (item # EC1PS), the AC power inlet, the ventilation fan, and a mounting board within the EC2030B housing.

An optional mounting board can be purchased separately to fit inside the enclosure. The mounting board provides a surface for assembling electronic components, such as PCBs, development boards, and the EC1PS power supply. Four mounting board sizes are available, corresponding to the available enclosure sizes. See the table below for compatibility between the enclosures and mounting boards.

Alternatively, a breadboard is available for the EC2530C(R) enclosures, allowing optomechanical components to be mounted inside. The breadboard attaches to the mounting studs on the bottom of the enclosure in the same way as the mounting board. The breadboard features an double-density hole pattern of 1/4"-20 (M6 x 1.0) tapped holes.

For housing smaller, custom electronic circuits, such as electrical filters, voltage dividers, or impedance matchers, see our compact customizable electronics housings.

Enclosure
Item #
Enclosure Dimensionsa
(W x D x H)
Compatible
Mounting Board
Mounting Board
Dimensions (W x D x H)
EC1515A(R) 149.8 mm x 149.9 mm x 71.1 mm
(5.90" x 5.90" x 2.80")
EC1515MB 130.0 mm x 80.0 mm x 1.5 mm
(5.12" x 3.15" x 0.06")
EC1530A(R) 149.8 mm x 299.9 mm x 71.1 mm
(5.90" x 11.81" x 2.80")
EC1530MB 130.0 mm x 200.0 mm x 1.5 mm
(5.12" x 7.87" x 0.06")
EC1530B(R) 149.8 mm x 299.9 mm x 96.1 mm
(5.90" x 11.81" x 3.78")
EC2030A(R) 199.8 mm x 299.9 mm x 71.1 mm
(7.87" x 11.81" x 2.80")
EC2030MB 180.0 mm x 200.0 mm x 1.5 mm
(7.09" x 7.87" x 0.06")
EC2030B(R) 199.8 mm x 299.9 mm x 96.1 mm
(7.87" x 11.81" x 3.78")
EC2530C(R) 249.8 mm x 299.9 mm x 122.0 mm
(9.83" x 11.81" x 4.80")
EC2530MB 230.0 mm x 200.0 mm x 1.5 mm
(9.06" x 7.87" x 0.06")
EC2530BB(/M)
Breadboard
230.0 mm x 230.0 mm x 9.5 mm
(9.06" x 9.06" x 0.37")
  • These dimensions measure the outside of the enclosure, excluding the feet. Detailed dimensions of each enclosure are available by clicking on the red Docs icons () below.

Assembly Details for Blank Enclosures

The blank enclosures are shipped completely assembled with the exception of the two foldable feet and two fixed feet. The feet can be easily attached using the included M3 cap screws and 3/32" hex key. The mounting boards are sold separately, and four M3 button head screws (5/64" hex) are included with the enclosure for installing a mounting board. The enclosure can be disassembled for ease of machining. The included 5/64" and 3/32" hex keys can be used for all screws in the assembly.

Ref. # Component Qty. Material Color/Finish
1 Front Panel 1 Aluminum Silver/Anodized
2 Bottom 1
3 Mounting Boarda 1a Hair-Line Finish
4 Cover 1 Gray or Red/Anodized
5 Trim Strip 1 Silver/Anodized
6 Gusset 4 Plain
7 Foldable Feet 2 ABS Plastic Black
8 Fixed Feet 2 Black
9 M3 Screw
(5/64" and 3/32" Hex Keys Included)
Varies Stainless Steel Plain
10 Rear Panel 1 Aluminum Silver/Anodized
  • Not included with enclosure. See the table below for details.
Mounting Boarda
Ref. # Item # Compatible
Enclosure
Width Depth Height Material Color/Finish
3 EC1515MB EC1515A(R) 130.0 mm
(5.12")
80.0 mm
(3.15")
1.5 mm
(0.06")
Aluminum Hair-line Finish
EC1530MB EC1530A(R)
EC1530B(R)
130.0 mm
(5.12")
200.0 mm
(7.87")
EC2030MB EC2030A(R)
EC2030B(R)
180.0 mm
(7.09")
200.0 mm
(7.87")
EC2530MB EC2530C(R) 230.0 mm
(9.06")
200.0 mm
(7.87")
EC2530BBb 230.0 mm
(9.06")
230.0 mm
(9.06")
9.5 mm
(0.37")
Black Anodized
  • Sold Separately from Enclosure
  • The EC2530BB is an optical breadboard with an array of 1/4"-20 tapped holes. A metric version (EC2530BB/M) is available with M6 x 1.0 tapped holes.

Posted Comments:
benju  (posted 2018-10-03 11:21:11.047)
Cutom enclosures are a great idea and a product we have been waiting for for a while. Two suggestions to for producvt improvements and to reach a wider audience: (1) add rack-mountable enclosures and/or rack-mounting brackets. (2) add more power supply options with higher wattage and highewr voltage. Specifically, we are currently looking for +/-24V, 200 W.
YLohia  (posted 2018-10-03 09:10:09.0)
Hello, thank you for your feedback. We are currently exploring the possibilities of offering rack mount enclosures and hope to have something available in the future. I have posted your request in our internal engineering forum for further consideration.
yohanpm  (posted 2018-07-11 23:19:50.037)
Hello, after customizing the enclosure, in what extension can I share the design for its manufacture? We use Inventor software. Best regards, Yohan.
YLohia  (posted 2018-07-12 08:43:21.0)
Hello Yohan, thank you for contacting Thorlabs. Please use this form (https://www.thorlabs.com/newgrouppage9.cfm?objectgroup_id=9893&tabname=Custom%20Enclosures#tabTitles) to upload your design documents in .pdf format.

Custom Enclosures Request Form


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Customized Enclosure with Lid Removed

Use the configurator below to customize your own benchtop electronics enclosure. Customization options are available for the front panel, rear panel, mounting board, and overlay (not included with standard enclosures). The drawing in the Assembly Details tab identifies each of these parts, with the exception of the overlay. Click on the icons in the custom enclosure tool below for information on each customizable part of the enclosure, as well as the customization options for that part. Click on the yellow boxes below to view details about the cutting, riveting, and UV printing services.

After selecting one of our standard enclosure sizes, check the boxes corresponding to the service you would like for each section of the enclosure. For each service selected, download the .pdf or .dxf template(s) for that section of the enclosure, edit the template with your desired design, and then upload the file (.pdf only) by clicking on the Upload button. You can view a design file that you have uploaded by clicking the icon in the Preview column.


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Example of a Customized Enclosure

You can add multiple enclosures of the same kind by increasing the Quantity, shown below the table in the configurator. You can customize multiple enclosures with different sizes and different designs by clicking the Add Another Enclosure button at the bottom. Once all customization requests have been entered, click Add to Cart.

Click on the yellow boxes below to learn more about the customization services we offer.

The price estimate generated upon submitting your drawings is subject to change. Your designs will be sent to our Technical Support team for review. You will then receive a finalized price, which may increase based on Technical Support's evaluation of your design and our manufacturing capabilities. You will have a chance to confirm your order after receiving this finalized price.

 

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Blank Benchtop Electronics Enclosures


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EC1530BR with Feet Extended

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Bottom View of Gray Enclosures with Feet Attached
  • Empty Housings for Electronic Assemblies
  • Compact Benchtop Design
  • Six Sizes Available
  • Offered in Red or Gray

Six sizes of aluminum enclosures are available. The enclosures sold here come with blank front and rear panels, as well as four padded feet. A mounting board for the inside of each enclosure can be purchased separately below. Four M3 button head cap screws are included with the enclosure for securing the mounting board inside.

The four padded feet can be installed to provide support when the enclosure is sitting flat on a table. Additionally, the two front feet can be extended to raise the front end by 34 mm, allowing the enclosure to be angled upward. 

To install the feet, the enclosure must be opened. To open the enclosure, remove the countersunk screws on both the rear and bottom panels using the included 5/64" (2 mm) hex key, and then slide off the top of the enclosure. Once the enclosure is open, the feet align with three holes at each corner on the bottom panel, allowing the feet to be screwed in from the inside using the included four cap screws and 3/32" (2.5 mm) hex key.

Based on your currency / country selection, your order will ship from Newton, New Jersey  
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EC1515A Support Documentation
EC1515AEnclosure for Customizable Electronics, 150 mm x 150 mm x 71 mm, Gray
$104.04
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EC1515AR Support Documentation
EC1515AREnclosure for Customizable Electronics, 150 mm x 150 mm x 71 mm, Red
$104.04
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EC1530A Support Documentation
EC1530AEnclosure for Customizable Electronics, 150 mm x 300 mm x 71 mm, Gray
$145.86
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EC1530AR Support Documentation
EC1530AREnclosure for Customizable Electronics, 150 mm x 300 mm x 71 mm, Red
$145.86
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EC1530B Support Documentation
EC1530BEnclosure for Customizable Electronics, 150 mm x 300 mm x 96 mm, Gray
$156.06
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EC1530BR Support Documentation
EC1530BREnclosure for Customizable Electronics, 150 mm x 300 mm x 96 mm, Red
$156.06
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EC2030A Support Documentation
EC2030AEnclosure for Customizable Electronics, 200 mm x 300 mm x 71 mm, Gray
$167.28
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EC2030AR Support Documentation
EC2030AREnclosure for Customizable Electronics, 200 mm x 300 mm x 71 mm, Red
$167.28
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EC2030B Support Documentation
EC2030BEnclosure for Customizable Electronics, 200 mm x 300 mm x 96 mm, Gray
$177.48
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EC2030BR Support Documentation
EC2030BREnclosure for Customizable Electronics, 200 mm x 300 mm x 96 mm, Red
$177.48
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EC2530C Support Documentation
EC2530CEnclosure for Customizable Electronics, 250 mm x 300 mm x 122 mm, Gray
$208.08
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EC2530CR Support Documentation
EC2530CREnclosure for Customizable Electronics, 250 mm x 300 mm x 122 mm, Red
$208.08
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Benchtop Electronics Enclosure with Pre-Installed Accessories


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EC1C with Cover Removed (All Items Shown Here are Included)
  • Assembly Includes:
    • EC2030B Gray Enclosure, 200 mm x 300 mm x 96 mm
    • EC2030MB Mounting Board
    • EC1PS Power Supply
    • EC1AC Power Inlet
    • EC1F Ventilation Fan

This enclosure features three pre-installed, basic electronic accessories and a mounting board, enabling a wide variety of applications (for specifications on the three modules, see below). The AC power inlet and enclosure fan are fixed to the rear panel, while the power supply is attached to the mounting board inside the housing (see photo to the right). The front panel of the enclosure is left blank for the user to customize. The accessories are not electrically connected when the enclosure is shipped.

The four padded feet can be installed to provide support when the enclosure is sitting flat on a table. Additionally, the two front feet can be extended to raise the front end by 34 mm, allowing the enclosure to be angled upward. Unlike the blank enclosures above, this enclosure is shipped with the feet attached.

To open the enclosure, remove the countersunk screws on both the rear and bottom panels using the included 5/64" (2 mm) hex key, and then slide off the top of the enclosure.

The enclosure housing, mounting board, and each of the electronics are available separately as well. Note that when purchased individually, the EC2030B enclosure housing does not have cutouts on the rear panel to install the AC power inlet and ventilation fan.

Based on your currency / country selection, your order will ship from Newton, New Jersey  
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EC1C Support Documentation
EC1CBenchtop Enclosure with Pre-Installed Electronics Modules, 200 mm x 300 mm x 96 mm, Gray
$352.92
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Power Supply Modules


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EC5PS Power Supply Module

These power supply modules can be integrated into custom electronics assemblies. The power supplies can deliver 15 W, 45 W, or 100 W of power to the setup. Each module has three possible voltage outputs; see the table below and the spec sheets for details. Mounting taps or through holes on the base of each unit allow it to be mounted to a surface inside an enclosure. See our custom enclosure configurator to design and order an aluminum enclosure to fit the needs of your system.

The EC1PS is also included in the EC1C pre-assembled enclosure sold above.

Key Specificationsa
Item # EC2PS EC3PS EC1PS EC4PS EC5PS
Manufacturer Item # ECL15UT02-S ECL15UT03-S GRN-45 ECM100UT31 ECM100UT33
Output Voltage +5 V / ±12 V +5 V / ±15 V +5 V / ±15 V +5 V / ±12 V +5 V / ±15 V
Output Power 15 W 45 W 100 Wb
Input Voltage 85 - 264 VAC (120 - 370 VDC) 85 - 264 VAC 90 - 264 VAC (120 - 370 VDC)
Inrush Current 20 A (at 115 VAC) 50 A (Max at 230 V) 40 A (Max at 230 VAC)
Operating Temperature -20 to +70 °C 0 to 70 °C 0 to 70 °C
Mounting Holes Two Ø0.14" (Ø3.5 mm) Through Holes Four 4-40 Taps Four Ø0.16" (Ø4.0 mm) Through Holes
Dimensionsc 3.31" x 1.36" x 1.04"
(84.0 mm x 34.5 mm x 26.4 mm)
4.50" x 2.75" x 1.28"
(114.3 mm x 69.9 mm x 32.5 mm)
4.50" x 2.50" x 1.20"
(114.3 mm x 63.5 mm x 30.5 mm)
  • See the spec sheets by clicking on the red Docs icons below () for complete specifications, including pin diagrams.
  • Only When Forced Air Cooled at 5 CFM. When convection cooled, the EC4PS can provide 75 W while the EC5PS can provide 80 W.
  • Including Chassis/Cover
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EC2PS Support Documentation
EC2PS15 W, +5 V / ±12 V Power Supply Module for Custom Electronics Assemblies
$108.00
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EC3PS Support Documentation
EC3PS15 W, +5 V / ±15 V Power Supply Module for Custom Electronics Assemblies
$108.00
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EC1PS Support Documentation
EC1PS45 W, +5 V / ±15 V Power Supply Module for Custom Electronics Assemblies
$122.79
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EC4PS Support Documentation
EC4PS100 W, +5 V / ±12 V Power Supply Module for Custom Electronics Assemblies
$212.00
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EC5PS Support Documentation
EC5PS100 W, +5 V / ±15 V Power Supply Module for Custom Electronics Assemblies
$212.00
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AC Power Inlet

Key Specificationsa
Rated Voltage 115 VAC / 250 VAC
Rated Current 6 A
Maximum Leakage Current 2 µA at 115 VAC / 60 Hz
5 µA at 250 VAC / 50 Hz
Dielectric Strength
(One Minute)
Line-to-Ground: 2250 VDC
Line-to-Line: 1450 VDC
Flammability Class UL94 V-0
Connector Style IEC 320-C14
Fuse Holderb IEC 5 x 20 mm
Panel Cutout Dimensions 66.50 mm x 27.00 mm
  • See the spec sheet for complete specifications.
  • Use Only with 250 V Fuse (Not Included)

The AC power inlet a receptacle for an AC power cord on the enclosure. It is included in the EC1C enclosure above and can be purchased separately here.

The power inlet can be snapped into a 66 mm x 27 mm rectangular cutout in the front or rear panel. The power inlet features an on/off switch and a fuse holder for a 250 V fuse (a fuse is not included).

See our custom enclosure configurator to design and order an enclosure with cutouts for the power inlet or other components.

Based on your currency / country selection, your order will ship from Newton, New Jersey  
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EC1AC Support Documentation
EC1ACAC Power Inlet with On/Off Switch and Fuse Holder
$20.64
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Ventilation Fan

Key Specificationsa
Rotational Speed 3000 rpm
Airflow 29.2 m3/h
Acoustical Noise 19.3 dB(A)
Static Pressure 2.18 mm H2O
Operating Voltage DC 7 V to DC 13 V
Operating Temperature -10 to +70 °C
Operating Humidity 15% to 90%
Dimensions 60 mm x 60 mm x 25 mm
(2.4" x 2.4" x 1.0")
  • See the spec sheet for complete specifications.

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Two arrows engraved into the side of the housing indicate the directions of air flow and blade rotation.

The Noctua ventilation fan is a compact fan for regulating airflow into and out of the enclosure. It is included in the EC1C enclosure above and can be purchased separately here.

The fan blades rotate at 3000 rpm, providing 29.2 m3/h of air flow. The 200 mm power cord has an A2542-4PIN connector at the end. The fan motor is rated for DC 12 V and 0.09 A. The fan can be attached to the enclosure using the four included silicone anti-vibration pins; cutouts for these mounting pins will need to be made by the user. Two arrows engraved into the side of the housing indicate the directions of air flow and blade rotation.

See our custom enclosure configurator to design and order an enclosure with cutouts for the ventilation fan or other components.

Based on your currency / country selection, your order will ship from Newton, New Jersey  
+1 Qty Docs Part Number - Universal Price Available / Ships
EC1F Support Documentation
EC1FNoctua Enclosure Fan Module
$37.39
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Mounting Boards


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EC2030MB Mounting Board Inside EC2030A Enclosure
  • Aluminum Mounting Boards for Custom Electronics Enclosures
  • Four Sizes Available

Four sizes of aluminum mounting boards are available. The mounting board provides a surface for assembling electronic components such as PCBs, development boards, and power supplies. Each mounting board is designed to fit inside one or more of the enclosures sold above; see the table above to determine which mounting board is compatible with each enclosure size.

Once the top of the enclosure is removed, the mounting board can be secured inside the enclosure using four M3 button head cap screws (included with the enclosure) and a 5/64" hex key. Each mounting board is 1.5 mm thick. When secured inside the enclosure, the mounting board is 6 mm above the bottom of the enclosure.

Based on your currency / country selection, your order will ship from Newton, New Jersey  
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EC1515MB Support Documentation
EC1515MBMounting Board for EC1515A(R) Enclosure, 130 mm x 80 mm x 1.5 mm
$10.40
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EC1530MB Support Documentation
EC1530MBMounting Board for EC1530(R) Enclosures, 130 mm x 200 mm x 1.5 mm
$15.61
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EC2030MB Support Documentation
EC2030MBMounting Board for EC2030(R) Enclosures, 180 mm x 200 mm x 1.5 mm
$18.77
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EC2530MB Support Documentation
EC2530MBMounting Board for EC2530C(R) Enclosure, 230 mm x 200 mm x 1.5 mm
$20.81
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Breadboard for EC2530C Enclosures


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EC2530BB Breadboard Inside EC2530C Enclosure
  • Designed to Fit Inside EC2530C(R) Enclosure
  • 1/4"-20 (M6 x 1.0) Taps on 1.00" (25.0 mm) Centers, Double Density Pattern
  • 230 mm x 230 mm x 9.5 mm (W x D x H)
  • Made from Black Anodized Aluminum

A breadboard is available to fit inside the EC2530C(R) enclosure sold above. The breadboard allows the user to add and remove optomechanical components within the enclosure easily and securely. It features a double density hole pattern of 1/4"-20 (M6 x 1.0) through-tapped holes. For more details on the hole pattern, see the PDF drawing by clicking on the red Docs icons (info icon) below.

Once the top of the enclosure is removed, the breadboard can be secured inside using the four counterbored mounting holes and four M3 cap screws with a thread length of at least 8 mm (sold separately). This breadboard is 9.5 mm thick, which is thinner than our standard double-density aluminum breadboards. When the breadboard is secured inside the enclosure, the top of the enclosure is 100 mm above the top surface of the breadboard, and the bottom of the breadboard is 6 mm above the bottom of the enclosure.

Based on your currency / country selection, your order will ship from Newton, New Jersey  
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EC2530BB Support Documentation
EC2530BBAluminum Breadboard for EC2530C(R) Enclosure, 9.06" x 9.06" x 0.37", 1/4"-20 Double-Density Taps
$156.06
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EC2530BB/M Support Documentation
EC2530BB/MAluminum Breadboard for EC2530C(R) Enclosure, 230 mm x 230 mm x 9.5 mm, M6 x 1.0 Double-Density Taps
$156.06
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