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Magnetic Measuring Tape

  • Hands-Free Measuring
  • Imperial and Metric Scales


Magnetic Measuring Tape

MFT1 Measuring Tape Covering One Row of Holes on an Optical Table

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  • Magnetic Over Entire Backside of Ruler
  • Attaches to Optical Table or Breadboard for Hands-Free Measurement Guide
  • Flexible Material for Easy Rolling and Storing
  • Numeric Marks Every 1" and 1 cm, Tick Marks Every 1/8" and 1 mm
  • L x W x Thickness: 1 m x 1" (25.4 mm) x 0.03" (0.8 mm)

This vinyl magnetic measuring tape provides a convenient solution for determining approximate distances hands free on an optical table or breadboard. With a magnetic back that extends over the full length and width of the ruler, this measuring tape lays flat on any magnetic surface and features both imperial and metric scales, with numeric marks every 1" and 1 cm and tick marks every 1/8" and 1 mm. Only 0.03" (0.8 mm) thick, the ruler maintains a low-profile on the table. If a shorter length is desired, the ruler can be cut into segments. Please note that vinyl can stretch; consequently, this measuring tape should be used as an alignment aid and not as a precision measurement tool.

Posted Comments:
Fatin Jalil  (posted 2020-09-09 19:29:42.96)
Please advise where I can distributor for this part number : MFT1 at Malaysia/Singapore? That because I just want to purchase for 5 unit only
YLohia  (posted 2020-09-10 10:23:27.0)
Thank you for contacting Thorlabs. Our list of international distributors can be found here: Our distributor in Singapore is Laser 21 Pte Ltd. (
Clément Jacquard  (posted 2020-08-12 11:04:23.153)
I am looking for such a product, although I align beams in the near IR. I would love to have smaller holes like 1mm diameter, every 2mm (yes that's a lot of holes, or even every 1mm with a lateral displacement instead of the inch scale) and a way to stick a VRC4 on the exit side of the holes in the back. This way I can precisely align my near IR beams. I would buy one and drill holes myself but I would have to anodize it again for the sake of safety.
DJayasuriya  (posted 2020-08-14 10:59:05.0)
Thank you for your inquiry. One of our application engineers will get in touch directly to discuss custom capability.
Nils Dessmann  (posted 2020-07-29 06:31:38.31)
The BHM is a super helpful tool. However, it seems that the alignment holes are shifted with respect to the ruler values. The one I use has an offset of less than, but not exactly 0.5mm (e.g. ruler at 200mm, center of hole at approx. 199.6±0.2mm). There are some occasions (aligning OAPs) where this really matters. Is that a fabrication or precisions issue? I can provide images of this.
DJayasuriya  (posted 2020-08-06 06:18:33.0)
Thank you for getting in touch with us. We have contacted you directly to resolve the issue and our quality team is looking into the fabrication process.
mojtaba.zamani.a  (posted 2017-08-19 08:14:20.493)
is it possible to buy MFT1 without your logo on it? we just need magnetic tape with its graduations.
nbayconich  (posted 2017-08-28 05:57:19.0)
Thank you for contacting Thorlabs. I will reach out to you directly about providing this as a custom option.
cbrideau  (posted 2013-06-03 18:24:11.48)
I would love to see a narrower version of this, say 1cm wide, to make it easier to use on a crowded optical table.
tcohen  (posted 2013-06-13 12:49:00.0)
Response from Tim at Thorlabs: Thank you for your suggestion. I agree this would be a convenient alternative for tight spaces and I am looking into offering this.

Magnetic Measuring Tape

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