Nexus™ Workstations Brochure
Workstations
Vibration Isolation Solutions
Thorlabs manufactures a wide range of workstations, optical tables and table
supports, and honeycomb breadboards. Each option is designed to dampen or
isolate vibrations created by an experimental apparatus or from external sources
in the lab, making them ideal for use in any demanding imaging application.
All of our workstation and table supports are offered with active-air, self-leveling
isolators, which provide the high level of isolation necessary to meet demanding
experimental needs, such as those required during imaging. In addition, our
workstations have a modular supporting frame system that is compatible with
a number of ergonomic accessories optimized for use with an imaging system.
Nexus Optical Table Workstation and Accessories
Overhead Shelving System
Brackets with Through Hole
Contains two overhead shelves that
span the entire frame length. Shelves
can be positioned at various heights
on the support struts.
Allow for easy cable management.
24-Outlet Power Strip
Allows ease of accessibility to numerous outlets
for power supplies and control modules.
Side Lean Bars
Bolt to the overhead shelf
support struts, protect the table from
incidental contact, and make the
frame compatible with various
shelving options and accessories.
Front/Rear Lean Bars
Protect the table from incidental
contact and make the frame
compatible with various shelving
options and accessories.
Casters
Under Table Shelf
Table Frame
Rugged all-steel construction.
Active vibration isolators are
welded together in pairs and
connected by steel tie bars
(includes under table shelf).
Allow movement of frame around the lab.
Leveling feet can be adjusted to secure
the workstation in the desired location.
This removable shelf is included
with the table frame. It spans the
entire length and half the width of
the workstation, making it ideal for
storing large power supplies or
control modules.
Thorlabs’ NexusTM Optical Table Workstations are high-quality,
accessorized, ergonomic frame systems that fuse the office and
lab environments. Our active-isolation models feature self-leveling
Features
u Active-Air, Self-Leveling Supports
supports that perfectly complement our range of broadband-
u 600
mm or 700 mm Frame Heights Available
vibration-damping Nexus Optical Tables to provide an excellent
u Broad
Selection of Integrable Accessories
workstation for the most demanding imaging applications.
A complete workstation includes an optical table, table
frame, under table shelf, and caster wheels. In addition, we offer
accessories including lean bars, overhead shelves, cable racks,
storage drawers, power strips, light strips, a 19” rack chassis, and
computer accessories, which are the key to creating an ergonomic
Example Applications*
u Multiphoton Microscopy
workspace. More details on selected accessories can be found on
u Confocal Microscopy
the opposite page, while all of our accessories can be found by
u Electrophysiology
visiting www.thorlabs.com. See the image above for an example
u Cell Injection
workstation configuration.
u Scanning Probe Microscopy
For applications that are less sensitive to the detrimental effects
*See the back page for application-specific recommendations.
of lab transmitted vibrations, rigid non-isolating and passive frame
supports are available. Visit www.thorlabs.com for details.
Size Options
u 1
m x 2 m x 210 mm (3’ x 6’ x 8.3”)
u 1.2 m x 2 m x 210 mm u 1.2 m x 2.5 m x 210 mm u 1.2 m x 2 m x 310 mm u 1.2
(4’ x 6’ x 8.3”)
(4’ x 8’ x 8.3”)
(4’ x 6’ x 12.2”)
(4’ x 6’ x 12.2”)
m x 2 m x 310 mm 12- and 24-Outlet Power Strips
u Fit Underneath or Onto the Edge of the Overhead Shelf
u 12 or 24 Surge-Protected Outlets for Easy Accessibility
u US, EU, or UK Outlets
LED Light Strips
u Fit Underneath Overhead Shelves
u Span the Length of the Work Surface
u On/Off Switch Provides Easy Access to Lighting
19" Rack Chassis
u Attaches Directly to Workstation Frame
u Shelving for Holding Various Controllers, Supplies, or Kits
u Drawers Provide Convenient Storage
u 8U Capacity that Holds up to 60 kg
Under Table Drawer
u Attaches Directly to the Workstation Frame
u 1 m (39.37") Long Drawer with a Rubber-Lined
Base to Protect Components and Devices
u Dividers Provided for Organization of Supplies
u Easily Accessible for Convenient Storage
Cable Tray
u Fit
Underneath or Onto the Edge
of the Overhead Shelves
u Route and Tidy Cables and
Optical Fibers
Visit www.thorlabs.com to view our entire line of workstation accessories.
ScienceDesk Workstation and Accessories
Overhead Shelf
Tabletop
Shelves span the width of the frame and are supported by stainless steel posts,
which allow for height adjustment. Two shelves can be mounted
on one set of posts.
Our Nexus™ tabletops provide excellent damping, thermal
stability, and rigidity. We offer a range of sizes to
accommodate a variety of microscope systems.
Instrument Shelf
Sample Prep Shelf
These smaller shelves provide extra space above
the tabletop. They are installed without
removing any other components.
Shelves rest on the upper rails of
the frame, creating a movable
workspace.
Monitor Mount
Articulating arm supports most
types of flat screen monitors.
Side Shelf
Shelves mount to the upper
or lower side rails of the
frame, providing extra space
to the side of the tabletop.
Computer Shelf
Specialized shelf conveniently
holds a computer tower.
Keyboard Holder
Breadboard Mounting Brackets
Frame-mounted keyboard
and mouse holder rotates
360°, allowing it to be
ergonomically positioned.
Used to attach breadboards
to the ScienceDesk Frame.
Tool Caddy and
Magnetic Storage Tray
Heavy-Duty Casters
Casters allow movement of the workstation
within the lab. Leveling feet can be adjusted
once the desk is in the desired location.
Tool Caddy for general storage and
benchtop organizers. Storage Tray
holds small tools, cap screws, and
other fasteners securely. Attaches
to any magnetic surface.
ScienceDesk Frame
Under Shelf
Specialized frame fully encloses the tabletop,
protecting it from accidental movement and
allowing placement of accessories. Two heights
are available, allowing the user to sit or stand.
This shelf provides a large depth while
still giving leg clearance.
Adjustable Wrist Rest
Designed to provide the optimal height
and angle for delicate instrument
adjustments on the tabletop.
ScienceDesksTM are high-quality ergonomic workstations with a modular
system of accessories (visit www.thorlabs.com to view all of the options),
19" Rack Chassis and Drawer
Standard 19" EIA equipment rack with 8U capacity.
Lockable 19" rack drawer for storage.
Features
making them ideal for use in imaging applications. When equipped with
u Active-Air, Self-Leveling Supports
active-air, self-leveling isolators, they meld form and function to produce
u Models Available for Sitting or Standing
a portable, industry-leading, vibrationally isolated workstation. The
u Modular Accessory Options Allow for
tabletop is inset within the frame, protecting it and anything on it from any
Optimal Arrangement of Supporting
incidental contact that may occur when working in the lab environment.
Equipment
See the image above for an example ScienceDesk configuration with
details on selected accessories. All of our accessories can be viewed by
visiting www.thorlabs.com.
Example Applications*
u High-Resolution Optical Microscope
Thorlabs offers a variety of stainless steel tabletops, with or without
regularly spaced mounting holes, designed for use with our ScienceDesk
frames. Frames that are designed for standing or for use in the corner of a
lab are shown on the following page.
u Confocal Microscopy
u Electrophysiology
u Cell Injection
u Scanning Probe Microscopy
For applications that are less sensitive to the detrimental effects of lab
*See the back page for application-specific
transmitted vibrations, rigid non-isolating and passive frame supports are
recommendations.
available. Visit www.thorlabs.com for details.
Size Options
u 0.75 m x 0.90 m (2.5' x 3')
u 0.75 m x 1.20 m (2.5' x 4')
u 0.90 m x 1.20 m (3' x 4')
u 0.7 m2 Corner Desk Option
Corner ScienceDesk
The corner ScienceDesk has been specially designed to fit in the corner of
the lab and permits access to the entire breadboard surface from the
slanted corner.
These corner desks are available with active self-leveling isolation, heavyduty passive isolation, or rigid non-isolating supports. They are supplied
complete with a NexusTM tabletop and are compatible with 2' and 600 mm
deep lab furniture.
Standing Height ScienceDesk
The standing height ScienceDesk is 910 mm high and is supplied with active
self-leveling isolation. Available in two work surface sizes, 0.75 m x
910 mm
0.90 m (2.5' x 3') and 0.90 m x 1.20 m (3' x 4'), it is designed to provide
a comfortable and ergonomic working position while standing or seated at
a lab stool.
Height extenders are also available to increase the height of any standard
765 mm high desk to a 910 mm standing height.
Optical Tabletops
Tabletops are available from stock in a variety of sizes with sealed or unsealed 1/4"-20 (M6) taps or without taps; they can be fabricated
from either magnetic or nonmagnetic steel. Our Nexus tabletops with optimized damping and our intrinsically damped tabletops are both
compatible with our ScienceDesk Workstations. We also offer solid aluminum and optically clear acrylic tabletops for general-purpose lab
use; visit www.thorlabs.com for details.
In addition to our stocked items, Thorlabs is capable of designing custom tabletops for some of the most demanding and
complex applications.
Tabletops
Nexus, Optimized Damping
Breadboard
Thickness
Working Surface
Ferromagnetism
Holes
Threads and
Spacing
Intrinsically Damped
60 mm (2.4")
110 mm (4.3")
58 mm (2.28")
430 Grade Stainless Steel Top Plate
Magnetic or Non-Magnetic
Magnetic
Sealed (25 mm Depth) or Non-Sealed
Non-Sealed
1/4"-20 (M6) Tapped Holes on 1" (25 mm) Centers or
Untapped Top Plate
1/4"-20 (M6) Tapped Holes on 1'" (25 mm) Centers
Performance
Damping
60 mm (2.4") Thick
Stiffness
58 mm (2.28" Thick)
110 mm (4.3") Thick
Nexus Optical Tables
Thorlabs’ NexusTM Optical Tables feature all-steel construction, excellent thermal stability, and broadband vibration
damping optimized for each table. They provide durable, rigid, working surfaces that will quickly dampen vibrations
created on the tabletop.
When a Nexus Optical Table is paired with one of our active isolation support options on the following page, a system is
created that is ideal for any imaging or microscopy application requiring sub-micron resolution.
Nexus Table Compliance
Up to 1.5 m x 4.0 m (4.8' x 14')
u Three
Thicknesses: 210 mm, 310 mm, or 460 mm
u Optimized
Broadband Damping for Isolating
Vibrations Created on the Tabletop
u Every
Product Tested and Shipped with Unique
Test Data Certificate
u Large
Compliance (mm/N)
uSizes
Compliance (in/lb)
Features
Compliance
Ideal Body Line
Work Area to Support Imaging Systems,
Laser Sources, and Components
u Sealed
1/4"-20 (M6) Tapped Holes Available
u Steel-to-Steel
Bonding Throughout Increases
Thermal Stability
Frequency (Hz)
Compliance Curve for a 1 m x 2 m x 210 mm Nexus Table
Each product is individually optimized and shipped with a
unique test data certificate. Doing so provides more accurate
data than using a single size-specific compliance curve to
represent the entire product line.
Cerna Electrophysiology Rig Supported by a
3' x 6' (1 m x 2 m) Optical Table and Active
Support Thickness (210 mm)
Optical Table Supports
Features
u Three Support Options
– Active Air (<0.001 µm Resolution Achievable)
– Passive (<0.1 µm Resolution Achievable)
– Rigid, Non-Isolating (<1 µm Resolution Achievable)
Passive Optical Table Support
Closed Pneumatic Isolation System
u Rigid
Supports Upgradable to Passive Isolation
u High
Load Capacity: ≥2,500 kg
u 700
mm, 600 mm, and 450 mm Heights
An optical table system is subjected to continuous vibrational
impulses from the laboratory floor. These vibrations may be
caused by large machinery within the building or even wind
or traffic-excited building resonances (swaying).
Thorlabs offers four variations of optical table supports: rigid,
non-isolating; passive isolation; heavy-duty passive; and
Active Optical Table Support
Self Leveling for Constant Height
Rigid Optical Table Supports
Upgradeable to Passive Isolation
Using the PWA076 Kit
active self-levelling. The passive and active isolation supports
provide vibration damping for both vertical and horizontal
vibrations.
We also offer optical table workstations (see page 2), which
are available with a host of accessories that enable the
creation of a complete optical table workstation.
Nexus Table and Active Air
Support Legs Provide a Large,
Vibration-Isolated Work Surface
Ideal for Our Bergamo II Series
Multiphoton Microscopes
What Should I Use for My Application?
The table below provides our recommended optical tables or tabletops for four common imaging applications. Once
an optical table or tabletop is selected, read across the table to see our recommended vibration isolation support option
and accessories. These recommendations are based on the application’s desired support features, such as the size of the
imaging system and the amount of vibration isolation needed.
Application
Desired Support
Features
Multiphoton
Microscopy
(Bergamo II
Series)
–Large Work Area
with High Clearance
– High Vibration
Damping Due to
Many Motorized
Components
– Liquid Spill
Management
– Isolation from Lab
Vibrations
–Shelving for
Laser Sources and
Equipment
Confocal
Microscopy
(Cerna Series)
–Mid-Sized Work
Area with High
Clearance
–Vibration Damping
Due to Some
Moving Parts
–Liquid Spill
Management
–High Isolation from
Lab Vibrations
–Shelving for
Equipment
Recommended Optical Table
or Tabletop
Imperial Item #
(Metric Item #)
4’ x 6’ x 12.2” (1.2 m x 2 m x 310 mm)
Optical Table with Sealed Mounting
Holes for Spill Management
T46W
(T1220Q)
4’ x 8’ x 12.2” (1.2 m x 2.5 m
x 310 mm) Optical Table with
Sealed Mounting Holes for Spill
Management
T48W
(T1225Q)
3’ x 6’ x 8.3” (1 m x 2 m x 210 mm)
Optical Table with Sealed Mounting
Holes for Spill Management
T36V
(T1020P)
4’ x 6’ x 8.3” (1.2 m x 2 m x 210 mm)
Optical Table with Sealed Mounting
Holes for Spill Management
T46V
(T1220P)
Electrophysiology
(Cerna Series)
Item #
TF1220A6
Nexus Optical Table Frame with
Active Isolation (See Page 2)
Recommended Accessories:
Lean Bars, Computer Mounts,
Shelving, Rack Chassis, Power
and Light Strips, and Cable
Racks
TF1225A6
TF1020A7
TF1220A7
Nexus Optical Table Frame with
Active Isolation (See Page 2)
3’ x 6’ x 8.3” (1 m x 2 m x 210 mm)
Optical Table with Sealed Mounting
Holes for Spill Management
Widefield
Imaging
(Cerna Series)
Recommended Workstation
–Small to Mid-Sized
Work Area
–Vibration Damping
Due to Some
Moving Parts
–Liquid Spill
Management
–High Isolation from
Lab Vibrations
–Shelving for
Equipment
–Faraday Cage
Shielding
T36V
(T1020P)
Recommended Accessories:
Lean Bars, Computer Mounts,
Shelving, Rack Chassis, Power
and Light Strips, Cable Racks,
and a Faraday Enclosure
(FAR05F)
TF1020A7
ScienceDesk Frame with Active
Isolation (See Page 4)
3’ x 4’ x 2.4” (0.9 m x 1.2 m x 60 mm)
Optical Tabletop with Sealed
Mounting for Spill Management
B3648T
(B90120L)
Recommended Accessories:
Computer Mounts, Shelving,
Rack Chassis, Power and Light
Strips, Cable Racks, and a
Faraday Enclosure (FAR05F)
2.5’ x 3’ x 2.4” (0.75 m x 0.9 m x
60 mm) Optical Tabletop with
Sealed Mounting Holes for Spill
Management
B3036T
(B7590L)
ScienceDesk Frame with Active
Isolation (See Page 4)
3’ x 4’ x 2.4” (0.9 m x 1.2 m x 60 mm)
Optical Tabletop with Sealed
Mounting Holes for Spill
Management
B3648T
(B90120L)
Recommended Accessories:
Computer Mounts, Shelving,
Rack Chassis, Power and Light
Strips, and Cable Racks
SDA90120
SDA7590
SDA90120
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