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Old 02-04-2011, 07:41 PM #1
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Default Those neat little boards that Optics mount to.

I've been looking around a bit and seem to be pretty interested in playing with different "optics", if that's the right term. I was just curious any anyone had a good, preferably cheap resource for them. A starting point i think would be one of those neat little boards all the mirros and such plug in to. What are they called exactly, where do I get this type of thing. FYI - I'm pretty devoid of sleep at this point so I sound retarded ....


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its called an optical breadboard and theyre pretty expensive. search around on google for basic prices.
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Default Re: Those neat little boards that Optics mount to.

Usualy in US they are "affordable". As you live in georgia the shipping will be astonishing high unless someone there already own one and would sell to you.
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Default Re: Those neat little boards that Optics mount to.

See if you can get someone locally to drill you out some aluminum plate. Any thick (1cm or more) piece of metal generally works too.
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I suppose the price is due to both the material and the precision. Its really quite a heavy gunk of aluminium if its 1 cm thick and 12" on either side. I suppose the position of the holes is rather precise on commercial models, but i don't see why it would be impossible to make your own out of an aluminium plate.
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It's not that hard to make your own if you don't care about precision. Having it made in some metal workshop would be costly. Breadboard don't just have holes, they have a huge number of holes. It would still be cheaper than buying a new one though.
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Default Re: Those neat little boards that Optics mount to.

I made a 12"x24"x1/4" breadboard about 5 months ago.

Drilled and tapped 288 1/4"-20 holes myself with a drillpress and handtap.

Cost ~$30 for the aluminum plate and ~$7 for the proper drills for 1/4"-20 holes. And about 20 hrs of my time.
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Default Re: Those neat little boards that Optics mount to.

The precision of the holes isn't all that important if you have other smaller plates to do the precise positioning and use the base plate as the fixing surface. Hell, I wouldn't even trust the hole positions on even a professionally made breadboard anyway. They use 1/4"-20 screw holes so they're not really meant for extreme precision all by themselves.
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