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Magnetic Storage Tray
The BT17 Tool Caddy is designed to hold 1/2" posts for quick access to pre-mounted components.
Breadboard Mounted Tool Caddy
Thorlabs offers several balldriver kits that come with a holder designed to minimize laboratory clutter and keep tools organized and easy to find. The BT17(/M) balldriver holder can also hold Ø1/2" post mounted components. The MPT01 magnetic storage tray is ideal for retaining and tidying small tools, parts, and accessories. For larger equipment, consider a 19" rack system with various shelving options that can be used to organize a wide variety of laboratory equipment and tools. The 19" rack system can also be used to hold Thorlabs' optomechanical component kits.
Simplified Balldriver Diagram
Each of the benchtop organizers [e.g. TC2, TC3/M, BT17(/M) and TC4(/M)] have tools which share dimensions across hex sizes that are given below. Individual balldrivers can be purchased individually by clicking on the part in the Item # columns below. We also offer extra-long ball drivers with hex sizes of 3/16" or 5 mm which are not included in our benchtop organizers.
Non-Magnetic Hex Key Diagram
Standard and Color-Coded Hex Key Diagram
Hex Key Dimensions
Thorlabs offers a variety of hex keys. Standard hex keys are included with our benchtop organizers [e.g. TC2, TC3/M, BT17(/M) and TC4(/M)], as well as hex key kits (HK2A98 and HK2B88) and hex key packs (HK050 and 564HK). Titanium, non-magnetic hex keys are offered individually. Finally, we offer hex key sets with color-coded heat-shrink tubing that corresponds to the size of the hex for easy identification. Each of these varieties have slightly different dimensions, which are provided below. Some can be purchased individually by clicking on the part in the Item # columns below.
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Smart Pack Goals
Thorlabs' Smart Pack Initiative is aimed at minimizing waste while providing adequate protection for our products. By eliminating any unnecessary packaging, implementing design changes, and utilizing eco-friendly materials, this initiative seeks to reduce the environmental impact of our product packaging.
The updated BT17 and BT17/M packaging primarily consists of recycled paper and cardboard and weighs 41.27% less than the original packaging. This weight change results in a reduction in travel-based CO2 emissions of 107.78 kg per year for the BT17 and 129.34 kg per year for the BT17/M, based on typical product sales.
As we move through our product line, we will indicate re-engineered, eco-friendly packaging with our Smart Pack logo, which can be seen above.
This balldriver tool kit, available in both imperial and metric sizes, offers a wide range of the most commonly used balldriver and hex key sizes and houses them in a convenient stand. The stand is precision-machined and labeled with a discrete location for each balldriver and hex key. The wide base (IB3) provides stability and easy placement anywhere in the lab. See the Tool Dimensions tab above for the lengths of the included balldrivers and hex keys.
Imperial balldrivers have a yellow handle, while metric balldrivers have a red handle. All balldrivers have a high-strength steel alloy blade.
This benchtop and table organizer saves time and protects mounted optics by providing a temporary storage area on an optical table. Each organizer comes with imperial or metric hex balldrivers as well as two non-reactive plastic dropper bottles with acetone and methanol labels (chemicals not included). The lengths of the included balldrivers are listed in the Tool Dimensions tab above.
The TC4(/M) Tool Caddy is a great balldriver kit organizer that offers a convenient storage area and bolts directly to an optical table. The caddy includes balldrivers and hex wrenches in the sizes listed in the table to the right. Imperial balldrivers have a yellow handle, while metric balldrivers have a red handle. All balldrivers have a high-strength steel alloy blade. The lengths of the included balldrivers and hex keys are listed in the Tool Dimensions tab above.
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MPT01 Storage Tray is Sized to Hold Small Tools and Devices
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MPT01 Storage Tray Rear View with Ø3.25" (Ø82.5 mm) Rubber-Covered Magnet
This magnetic storage tray is ideal for securely storing small tools, cap screws, and other fasteners. It consists of a magnet attached to the outside of a Ø6" (Ø152.0 mm), 1.2" (31.0 mm) deep bowl. The Ø3.25" (Ø82.5 mm) magnet simultaneously holds the bowl against a ferrous surface (such as an optical table or breadboard) and secures magnetic parts into the tray. A rubber cover on the magnet protects the ferrous mounting surface from being marred.
When attached to a vertical surface, as shown to the right, a plastic cowl holds non-magnetic or loose items. The cowl pivots and clips in place at the upper and lower ends of travel to prevent accidental movement.
The maximum weight supported in the vertical configuration will depend upon the surface the tray is attached to and the position of the load relative to the magnet. If the tray is attached to a table frame and the load is centered within the tray, we recommend a maximum weight of 1 kg (2.2 lbs). For loads being held by the plastic cowl, we recommend a maximum weight of 0.5 kg (1.1 lbs).