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Getting Started Using the Cage System Components Kit
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Getting Started Using the Cage System Components Kit

Parts List | Application Examples

The TECHSPEC Cage System Components Kit is an excellent introduction to the TECHSPEC Optical Cage System: a collection of plates, rods, mounts, and additional optomechanical components designed to simplify optical system setup. Created to include many of the TECHSPEC Optical Cage System's most popular components, the TECHSPEC Cage System Components Kit is an ideal single-purchase solution to creating simple optical cage system setups, or for use as a building block for more complicated designs. Step-by-step instructions and parts lists are available to show how to use a TECHSPEC Cage System Components Kit to create common optical systems.

Parts List

TECHSPEC Cage System Components Kit Contents
ImageUsageDescriptionStock No.Quantity
Standard Cage Mounting Plate
Basic Cage Construction Plate with M6 tapped hole 25mm Standard Cage Mounting Plate
30mm Standard Cage Mounting Plate
#85-632
#85-630
8
8
30mm Square Mounting Plate
Interface for cage sphere and provides larger rod spacing than standard plate 30mm Square Mounting Plate #85-737 2
30mm Angle Plate
Used to introduce 30°, 60°, or 90° bends in the optical path 30mm Angle Plate #85-622 2
Insertion Plate
Allows additions to a cage system without the need for disassembling the rods Insertion Plate #85-643 1
Filter Holder Plate
Easily swap filters within a cage system Filter Holder Plate
Interchangeable Filter Holder
#86-018
#85-649
1
2
Cage System Adapter Plate
Cage System Adapter Plate Adapts 30mm rod spacing of other cage systems to the TECHSPEC Optical Cage System #86-846 2
C-Mount Adapter
Allows for easy interface to C-mount components C-Mount Adapter #85-719 4
Cage Sphere
Cube for intersecting optical paths Cage Sphere w/ 43mm Port
30mm Port Cover
#85-624
#85-627
1
1
Plate Corner Connector
Used to connect cage plates at 90° angles Plate Corner Connector #85-664 8
Lens Mount
Lens mounts designed to fit into cage plates 12.5mm Dia. Lens Mount
12.7mm Dia. Lens Mount w/10mm Thick
25/25.4mm Dia. Lens Mount
25/25.4mm Lens Mount w/10mm Thick
25mm Simple Optic Mount
#85-549
#85-547
#85-587
#85-588
#85-605
2
2
2
2
1
Cube Beamsplitter Mount
Cube beamsplitter mount fits within 25mm cage plates 25/25.4mm Cube Beamsplitter Mount #85-688 1
Cage System Support Rods
Polished 440 stainless steel rods for basic cage construction 6mm Dia. 50mm Length Cage Rod
6mm Dia. 100mm Length Cage Rod
6mm Dia. 120mm Length Cage Rod
6mm Dia. 150mm Length Cage Rod
6mm Dia. 300mm Length Cage Rod
#85-486
#85-488
#85-489
#85-490
#85-492
2
4
6
6
4
Blank Disk
Block beam path or to customize a simple mount Blank Disk #85-539 1
Socket Head Set Screw
Used to lock 6mm rods in place or secure optic mounts and accessories M3 x 0.5 x 2.5mm Socket Head Set Screw
M3 x 0.5 x 6mm Socket Head Set Screw
M3 x 0.5 x 10mm Socket Head Cap Screw


100
50
50
Allen Keys
Tools for cage assembly Allen Key for M3 SHSS (2 Pack)
Allen Key for M3 SHCS (2 Pack)
#55-452
#57-445
1
1
Optical Component Cabinet
Optical Component Cabinet Storage cabinet for the cage system components kit #59-815 1
Figure 1: Animation of Constructing an Optical Cage System Cube
Figure 2: Animation of Constructing an Optical Cage System Angle Bracket Joint
Illustration of Optical Cage System Plate with Four 6mm Support Rods
Figure 3: Illustration of Optical Cage System Plate with Four 6mm Support Rods
Figure 4: Video of Integrating a Four-Rod Insertion Plate
Figure 5: Video of Integrating a Filter Holder Plate and Interchangeable Filter Holder

APPLICATION EXAMPLES

Michelson Interferometer

Combined with just a few additional optical cage components, some optics, and a laser source, the TECHSPEC Cage System Components Kit can be used to build a Michelson interferometer. Complete assembly instructions and parts list are available.

Additional Components to Build A Michelson Interferometer
Additional Optical Cage Components NeededStock No.Quantity
Fine Screw Kinematic 30mm Cage Mounting Plate #85-663 1
25.4mm Kinematic Mount #85-695 1
Micrometer-Anvil Assembly #85-618 1
Micrometer Head 13mm Travel #58-659 1
Optics
25mm 50R/50T Cube Beamsplitter #32-505 1
Plano-Concave (PCV) Lens, 25mm Diameter x -25 FL, VIS 0° Coating #47-911 1
λ/10 Mirror, 30mm Diameter, Silver Coating #84-441 1
Nd:YAG Laser Line Mirror 25mm Dia. 532nm 0° #47-973 1
Laser Source
Diode Beam Expander: Dovetail Adapter #58-275 1
Laser Diode Module 5mW 514nm #86-848 1
12V DC Power Supply #62-941 1
C-Mount Accessory Mount #56-869 1
Mounting Hardware
Stainless Steel Mounting Post, 50.8mm length, M6 Stud #59-759 2
Post Holder, 50.8mm Length, M6 Thread #58-972 2
Bench Plate, 300mm x 150mm #56-937 1

Fluorescence Microscope

With a few additional optical components, imaging equipment, mounting hardware, and an illuminator, the TECHSPEC Cage System is ideal for building a digital fluorescence microscope. Complete assembly instructions and parts list are available.

Table 3: Additional Components to A Digital Fluorescence Microscope
Additional Optical Cage Components NeededStock No.Quantity
Square Tip/Tilt Optic Mount #85-710 1
25.4mm Dia. Adapter for 85-710 #85-630 1
Micrometer Mount Kit #85-618 1
Micrometer Head 13mm Travel #58-659 1
Optics
25mm Dia. Dichroic Filter Application Dependent 1
Fluorescence Bandpass Filters Application Dependent 2
25mm Dia. x 25mm Efl. Achromatic Lens #65-553 1
25mm Dia. x 20mm Efl. Aspheric Lens #66-014 1
Imaging
EO-3112C ½" CMOS Color USB Camera #59-367 1
5m USB2.0 (mini-B to standard-A) Cable #59-382 1
5X Mitutoyo Plan Apo Infinity Corrected Long WD Objective #46-143 1
MT-1 Accessory Tube Lens #54-774 1
Illumination
0.316" ID, Fiber Optic Adapter SX-6 #38-944 2
¼" x 24", Flexible Fiber Optic Light Guide #42-346 1
115V AC 50/60HZ, MH-100 Illuminator #56-371 1
220V AC 50/60HZ, MH-100 Illuminator #56-372
Mounting and Baffling
C-Mount Fine Thread Extension Tube (30mm-50mm Length) #03-625 1
C-Mount Extension Tube (50mm Length) #54-632 1
C-Mount Extension Tube (100mm Length) #54-633 1
Mitutoyo to C-Mount 10mm Adapter #55-743 1
Mitutoyo MT-1/MT-2 C-Mount Adapter #58-329 1

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