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Water-Cooled Breadboard


  • Cool or Heat Work Surface via Internal Water Channels (0 to 60 °C)
  • Matte Black-Anodized Finish Reduces Reflections
  • Through-Tapped Mounting Holes

MBC12

12" x 12"
Water-Cooled
Breadboard

MBC1824

18" x 24"
Water-Cooled
Breadboard

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SpecificationImperial BoardsMetric Boards
Breadboard Specifications
Material Aluminum Plate
Finish Matte Black Anodized
Thickness 0.5" 12.7 mm
Flatness ±0.006" over 1 ft2 ±0.15 mm over 0.3 m2
Hole Size and Spacing 1/4"-20 Tapped Holes
on 1" Centers
M6 Tapped Holes
on 25 mm Centers
Distance from Edge
to First Hole
0.50" on All Sides 12.5 mm on All Sides
Number of
Counterbored Holesa
Four 1/4" Located at
Corners - Inset 2"
Four M6 Located at
Corners - Inset 50 mm
Water Channel Specifications
Pressure Rating 80 psi
Operating Temperature Range 0 to 60 °C
Push-Fit Pipe Fitting
Inner Diameter
1/4" 6 mm
  • A 5th counterbored mounting hole placed at the center of larger boards
    (imperial boards 18" or wider, metric boards 450 mm or wider).
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Cutaway of the MBC1824 Breadboard Showing Water Channels, Fittings, and Plugs

Features

  • Standard Metric and Imperial Hole Patterns
  • Black-Anodized Surface with Low Reflectance
  • Working Pressure: Rated up to 80 psi
  • Operating Temperature Range: 0 to 60 °C
  • Offset Mounting Counterbores Allow a Full, Uninterrupted, Threaded Hole Matrix
  • Larger Breadboards Have a Fifth Centrally-Located Counterbore
    • Imperial: At Least 18" Wide
    • Metric: At Least 450 mm Wide

These breadboards are versions of our popular anodized aluminum breadboards that have been plumbed to accept a water supply. They feature a standard 1" (imperial) or 25 mm (metric) hole pattern and are ideal for applications involving sensors, detectors, lasers, LEDs, or other apparatuses that may require temperature stabilization. The boards can be used for cooling or heating, depending on requirements.

Each breadboard is fitted with 1/4" or 6 mm I.D. fittings for imperial and metric boards, respectively. These allow for easy connection to a water supply or chiller unit. 16' (5 m) of connection tubing is included with each breadboard and can be trimmed to suit your application. To do so, simply cut the tubing to the required length, trim the tubing edges flush, insert the tubing into the push-to-fit connectors, and connect the other end to your water supply/chiller unit.

Depending on the environmental temperature and humidity levels and the temperature of the board, condensation can form on the breadboard surface. Please see the table to the below right for guidelines on how this can be avoided.

Operating Temperature and Condensationa
Relative Air
Humidity (RH%)
Temperature
Differenceb (ΔT ºC)
Relative Air
Humidity (RH%)
Temperature
Differenceb (ΔT ºC)
95% 1 ºC 55% 9 - 12 ºC
90% 2 ºC 50% 10 - 13 ºC
85% 2 - 3 ºC 45% 12 - 14 ºC
80% 3 - 4 ºC 40% 13 - 17 ºC
75% 4 - 5 ºC 35% 16 - 19 ºC
70% 5 - 6 ºC 30% 18 - 21 ºC
65% 6 - 8 ºC 25% 21 - 23 ºC
60% 7 - 9 ºC 20% 24 - 27 ºC
  • Due to the humidity of the work area, and the difference between the operating temperature of the board and the environmental temperature levels, there is a possibility that condensation may form on the breadboard surface. This table shows the approximate temperature difference between the breadboard and the environment that would cause condensation to form at a specific relative humidity.
  • Temperature Difference Between the Breadboard and the Environment

Each breadboard features four or five mounting holes, offset from the array of 1/4"-20 (M6) threaded holes, which are counterbored to create an uninterrupted surface for any intended application. The four standard mounting holes are located at each corner of the breadboard, inset 2" from each edge (50 mm on metric). The larger imperial and metric breadboards have a fifth counterbored mounting hole at the center of each board (imperial boards 18" or wider, metric boards 450 mm or wider). Utilizing the center mounting hole increases the mounting options available, reduces stress at the corner mounting holes, and increases rigidity when heavy loads are placed on the boards. The mounting holes may be used to attach the breadboards to optical tables, other breadboards, mounting posts, brackets, or a variety of other surfaces or mounts.

Other Breadboard Options
Optical Breadboard Enclosures are available to protect sensitive equipment from dust, stray light, acoustic noise, and thermal variations. Enclosures are offered completely sealed or with sliding door access.

Thorlabs also offers solid aluminum breadboards with a 1" hole spacing and double hole density aluminum breadboards with 1/2" offset hole spacing, doubling the density of mounting holes. These are offered in sizes ranging from 4" x 24" to 8" x 36" (100 mm x 600 mm to 200 mm x 900 mm) with thicknesses of 0.5" (12.7 mm), making their slim profile ideal for compact work areas. The same double-hole-density pattern is also available on our circular breadboards.

For limited space applications, Thorlabs offers the MS12B and MS12B/M Mini-Series Breadboards. These breadboards feature increased tapped hole density and thinner breadboard thickness.

Item # Dimensions
(L x W x H)
Unpackaged Packaged Shipping
Mass
(kg)
Weight
(lbs)
Mass
(kg)a
Weight
(lbs)a
Imperial
MBC12 12" x 12" x 0.5" 2.70 5.95 4.00 8.82
MBC1218 12" x 18" x 0.5" 4.3 9.48 4.99 11.00
MBC2412 12" x 24" x 0.5" 5.7 12.57 7.00 15.43
MBC1824 18" x 24" x 0.5" 8.6 18.96 9.98 22.00
  • These weights are approximate and are subject to change. The information is only to be used as a guideline.
Item # Dimensions
(L x W x H)
Unpackaged Packaged Shipping
Mass
(kg)
Weight
(lbs)
Mass
(kg)a
Weight
(lbs)a
Metric
MBC3030/M 300 mm x 300 mm x 12.7 mm 2.70 5.95 4.00 8.82
MBC3045/M 300 mm x 450 mm x 12.7 mm 4.3 9.48 4.99 11.00
MBC6030/M 300 mm x 600 mm x 12.7 mm 5.7 12.57 7.00 15.43
MBC4560/M 450 mm x 600 mm x 12.7 mm 8.6 18.96 9.98 22.00
  • These weights are approximate and are subject to change. The information is only to be used as a guideline.
Breadboards Aluminum Breadboard
Nexus, Optimized Damping
Steel Breadboard
Intrinsically Damped
Aluminum Breadboard
Aluminum Honeycomb
Stainless Steel Breadboard
Stainless Steel
Solid Aluminum Breadboard
Solid Aluminum
Acrylic Breadboard
Optically Clear Acrylic
Construction
Breadboard Thickness 60 mm (2.4")
110 mm (4.3")
58 mm (2.28") 25 mm (0.98")
55 mm (2.2")
12.7 mm (0.5") 7.0 mm (0.28")
9.5 mm (0.375")
12.7 mm (0.5")
19.05 mm (0.75")
12.7 mm (0.5")
Working Surface 430 Grade Stainless Steel or 304L Grade Nonmagnetic Steel Top Plate 430 Grade Stainless Steel Top Plate Aluminum 416 Grade Stainless Steel Solid Aluminum
Anodized or Unanodized
Acrylic
Top Skin 5 mm (0.20") 5 mm (0.20") 6 mm (0.24") N/A N/A N/A
Bottom Skin 5 mm (0.20") 3 mm (0.12") 3 mm (0.12") N/A N/A N/A
Core Design High-Density Plated Steel Honeycomb, 0.26 mm Thick High-Density Plated Aluminum Honeycomb N/A N/A N/A
Side Panels Rigid Steel Box Section Unplasticized Polyvinyl Chloride (uPVC) Black Laminated
Aluminum Sides
N/A N/A N/A
Ferromagnetism Magnetic or Non-Magnetic Options Magnetic Non-Magnetic Magnetic Non-Magnetic
Sealed Holes Sealed (25 mm Depth) or Non-Sealed Options Non-Sealed N/A N/A N/A
Thread Options 1/4"-20 (M6) Tapped Holes 1/4"-20 (M6) Tapped Holes 1/4"-20 (M6) Tapped Holes 1/4"-20 (M6), 4-40 (M3), or
8-32 (M3) and 1/4"-20 (M6) Tapped Holes
1/4"-20 Tapped Holes
Spacing 1" (25 mm) Centers 1" (25 mm) Centers 1" (25 mm) Centers 1" (25 mm) Centers or
0.5" (12.7 mm) Centers
0.5" (12.7 mm) Centers
Distance from
Edge to First Holes
0.5" (12.5 mm) on all Sides 0.5" (12.5 mm) or
1.0" (25 mm) on all Sides
0.5" (12.5 mm) on all Sides 0.5" (12.5 mm) on all Sides 1.0" (25.4 mm) on all Sides
Performancea
Damping Nexus Damping Bar Nexus Damping Bar Nexus Damping Bar N/A N/A N/A
Stiffness Nexus Damping Bar 
60 mm (2.4") Thick
Nexus Damping Bar 
58 mm (2.28") Thick
Nexus Damping Bar 
25 mm (0.98") Thick
Nexus Damping Bar12.7 mm (0.5") Thick Nexus Damping Bar
7.0 mm (0.28") Thick
12.7 mm (0.5") Thick
Nexus Damping Bar 
110 mm (4.3") Thick
Nexus Damping Bar 
55 mm (2.2") Thick
Nexus Damping Bar 19.05 mm (0.75") Thick
  • The damping and stiffness performance shown here is qualitative and does not relate to exact specifications of each breadboard.

    Optical Breadboard Selection Guides

    The selection guides below list every size offered for our honeycomb, solid aluminum, and acrylic breadboards. Simply locate the specific width and length needed and then select the type of breadboard. Expand each table by clicking the More [+] button within the header.

    Thorlabs also offers several unique breadboard solutions. For applications requiring temperature control, we offer anodized aluminum water cooled breadboards in several sizes, in addition to a temperature-controlled mini-series breadboard for small-scale operations. Our anodized aluminum large-area translation stages and rotating breadboards offer hand-operated positioning control, while our manual and motorized translating mounting platforms are ideal for use in microscopy applications.

    Imperial Optical Breadboard Size Options
    Width Length Honeycomb Stainless Steel Solid Aluminuma Acrylic, Transparent
    Nexus
    (60 mm Thick)b
    Nexus
    (110 mm Thick)b
    Intrinsically Damped
    (58 mm Thick)
    Aluminum
    (25 mm Thick)
    Aluminum
    (55 mm Thick)
    Standard Double Density High Density
    • Solid aluminum breadboards are offered with four different thicknesses: 0.5" (item # prefix MB), 0.75" (item # prefix MBH), 3/8" (item # prefix MS), or 0.28" (item # prefix MS). Select sizes are also available in hard-coat anodized aluminum (item #s CMMP1818 and CMMP2424) or without an anodized coating (item #s ending with U).
    • Item Number Suffix:
      • F, A, B, or G: Non-Sealed Mounting Holes
      • T, L, U, or N: Sealed Mounting Holes
      • FN or AN: Nonmagnetic Mounting Holes
      • Y or Z: No Mounting Holes
      • S: Stainless Steel
    • Tapped Hole Pattern Aligned at 45°
    • Build-to-Order
    • Includes a T-Slot in Side Panels for Compatibility with 25 mm Rail Accessories
    • This product has an access aperture.

    Metric Optical Breadboard Size Options
    Width Length Honeycomb Stainless Steel Solid Aluminuma
    Nexus
    (60 mm
    Thick)b
    Nexus
    (110 mm
    Thick)b
    Intrinsically Damped
    (58 mm Thick)
    Aluminum
    (25 mm Thick)
    Aluminum
    (55 mm Thick)
    Standard Double Density High Density
    50 mm 75 mm - - - - - - - - MSB5075/M
    75 mm 100 mm - - - - - - - - MSB7510/M
    75 mm 150 mm - - - - - - - - MSB7515/M
    100 mm 100 mm - - - - - MB10S/M - - -
    100 mm 150 mm - - - - - MB1015S/M MB1015/M
    MB1015U/M
    M45B1015/Mc MSB1015/M
    100 mm 300 mm - - - - - - MB1030/M - -
    100 mm 600 mm - - - - - - - MB1060/M -
    100 mm 900 mm - - - - - - - MB1090/M -
    Ø149 mm - - - - - - - MBR150U/M -
    Ø150 mm - - - - - - - MBR150/M -
    150 mm 150 mm - - - - - MB15S/M MB1515/M
    MB1515U/M
    M45B1515/Mc MSB15/M
    150 mm 300 mm - - - - - - MB1530F/M MB1530/M
    M45B1530/Mc
    -
    150 mm 450 mm - - - - - - MB1545/M - -
    150 mm 600 mm - - - - - - MB1560/M - -
    150 mm 900 mm - - - - - - MB1590/M - -
    150 mm 1200 mm - - - - - - MB15120/M - -
    180 mm 230 mm - - - - - - - - MSB1823/M
    MSBU1823/M
    200 mm 200 mm - - - - - - MB2020/M
    MB2020U/M
    - -
    200 mm 250 mm - - - - - - MB2025/M - -
    200 mm 600 mm - - - - - - - MB2060/M -
    200 mm 900 mm - - - - - - - MB2090/M -
    250 mm 300 mm - - - - - - MB2530/M
    MB2530U/M
    - -
    Ø300 mm - - - - - - - MBR300/M
    MBR300U/M
    -
    300 mm 300 mm B3030Ad
    B3030Ld
    - - PBG51501d
    PBG3030Ae
    - - MB3030/M
    MB3030U/M
    MB3030D/M MS12B/M
    MSB30/M
    300 mm 450 mm B3045Ad
    B3045Ld
    - B3045AX PBG3045Ae
    PBG51523
    - - MB3045/M
    MB3045A/Mf
    MB3045U/M
    - MSB3045/M
    300 mm 600 mm B3060Ad
    B3060L
    - B3060AXd PBG51502d
    PBG3060A
    PBG52502d - MB3060/M
    MB3060U/M
    - -
    300 mm 900 mm B3090Ad
    B3090Ld
    - - PBG3090Ae PBG52503d - MB3090/M - -
    300 mm 1200 mm - - - - - - MB30120/M - -
    350 mm 1150 mm - - - - - - MB35115/M - -
    350 mm 1425 mm - - - - - - MB35142/M - -
    450 mm 450 mm B4545Ad
    B4545Ld
    - - PBG4545A
    PBG51524
    - - MB4545/M - -
    450 mm 600 mm B4560Ad
    B4560Ld
    - B4560AXd PBG4560Ae PBG52522d - MB4560/M
    MB4560A/Mf
    MB4560U/M
    - -
    450 mm 750 mm - - - - - - MB4575/M - -
    450 mm 900 mm - - - - - - MB4590/M - -
    600 mm 600 mm B6060Ad
    B6060L
    - B6060AXd PBG6060Ae PBG52505d - MB6060/M -
    600 mm 900 mm B6090A
    B6090L
    B6090ANd
    B6090Z
    B6090Bd
    B6090Nd
    B6090AX PBG6090Ae PBG52506d - MB6090/M - -
    600 mm 1200 mm B60120A
    B60120L
    B60120Bd
    B60120Nd
    B60120AX PBG60120Ae - - MB60120/M - -
    600 mm 1500 mm - B60150Bd
    B60150Nd
    - - PBG52508d - - - -
    750 mm 750 mm B7575A
    B7575L
    - - - - - MB7575/M - -
    750 mm 900 mm B7590A
    B7590L
    B7590ANd
    B7590Z
    B7590Bd
    B7590Nd
    B7590AX PBG7590Ae PBG52510d - - - -
    750 mm 1200 mm B75120A
    B75120L
    B75120ANd
    B75120Z
    B75120B
    B75120Nd
    B75120AX PBG75120Ae PBG52511 - - - -
    750 mm 1500 mm - B75150B
    B75150N
    B75150AX - - - - - -
    900 mm 900 mm B9090A
    B9090L
    B9090Bd
    B9090Nd
    - - - - - - -
    900 mm 1200 mm B90120A
    B90120L
    B90120AN
    B90120Z
    B90120B
    B90120N
    B90120AX PBG90120Ae PBG52513 - - - -
    900 mm 1500 mm - B90150B
    B90150N
    B90150AX PBG51514 PBG52514 - - - -
    900 mm 1800 mm - B90180B
    B90180N
    B90180AX - - - - - -
    1200 mm 1500 mm - B120150Bd
    B120150Nd
    - - - - - - -
    1200 mm 1800 mm - B120180B
    B120180Nd
    - - - - - - -
    1250 mm 1800 mm - - - - PBG52521 - - - -
    • Solid aluminum breadboards are offered with four different thicknesses: 12.7 mm (item # prefix MB), 19.05 mm (item # prefix MBH), 9.5 mm (item # prefix MS), or 7.0 mm (item # prefix MS). Select sizes are also available without an anodized coating (item #s ending with U).
    • Item Number Suffix:
      • F, A, B, or G: Non-Sealed Mounting Holes
      • T, L, U, or N: Sealed Mounting Holes
      • FN or AN: Nonmagnetic Mounting Holes
      • Y or Z: No Mounting Holes
      • S: Stainless Steel
    • Tapped Hole Pattern Aligned at 45°
    • Build-to-Order
    • Includes a T-Slot in Side Panels for Compatibility with 25 mm Rail Accessories
    • This product has an access aperture.

    Posted Comments:
    jens.kiessling  (posted 2016-04-29 08:44:22.3)
    Dear Thorlabs team, which cooling liquid do you recommend for these breadboards? Where can we get it in Germany? Distilled water is getting dark very fast when used in these breadboards, possibly corrosion?
    msoulby  (posted 2016-04-29 08:44:05.0)
    Response from Mike at Thorlabs: The water could be becoming coloured due to residue left from the machining process so it may be worth flushing the breadboard before using again. We do not have an special requirements for the water used in the water cooled breadboards as aluminium is typically resistant to corrosion, however non-chlorinated water would be best.
    makarov  (posted 2014-08-18 17:11:40.337)
    What's the thread behind the water connectors, and what is the bore diameter of the channels? We are thinking of using it with different connectors.
    msoulby  (posted 2014-08-22 05:21:01.0)
    Response from Mike at Thorlabs: The tapped thread size is 1/8 BSPT with a thread depth of 13.0mm
    bdada  (posted 2011-12-07 12:44:00.0)
    Response from Buki at Thorlabs: We are looking into your request for a larger water cooled breadboard and will contact you directly with more information. Please contact TechSupport@thorlabs.com if you have any questions.
    johannes.kaschke  (posted 2011-12-07 05:48:31.0)
    Would it be possible to get a custom made 300mm x 600mm version?
    user  (posted 2010-07-30 12:06:45.0)
    Wow. That is Cool. Nice work guys.

    Water-Cooled Breadboards, Imperial

    • Breadboard Sizing: L x W x Thickness
    • Threading: All Imperial Breadboards Feature 1/4"-20 Taps on 1" Centers
    • Boards Less than 18" Wide Feature Four Counterbored Mounting Holes
    • Boards 18" or Wider Feature Five Counterbored Mounting Holes
    Based on your currency / country selection, your order will ship from Newton, New Jersey  
    +1 Qty Docs Part Number - Imperial Price Available
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    MBC1824 Support Documentation
    MBC1824Customer Inspired! Water-Cooled Breadboard, 18" x 24" x 1/2", 1/4"-20 Taps
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    Water-Cooled Breadboards, Metric

    • Breadboard Sizing: L x W x Thickness
    • Threading: All Metric Breadboards Feature M6 Taps on 25 mm Centers
    • Boards Less than 450 mm Wide Feature Four Counterbored Mounting Holes
    • Boards 450 mm or Wider Feature Five Counterbored Mounting Holes
    Based on your currency / country selection, your order will ship from Newton, New Jersey  
    +1 Qty Docs Part Number - Metric Price Available
    MBC3030/M Support Documentation
    MBC3030/MWater-Cooled Breadboard, 300 mm x 300 mm x 12.7 mm, M6 Taps
    $582.82
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    MBC3045/M Support Documentation
    MBC3045/MCustomer Inspired! Water-Cooled Breadboard, 300 mm x 450 mm x 12.7 mm, M6 Taps
    $772.55
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    MBC6030/M Support Documentation
    MBC6030/MCustomer Inspired! Water-Cooled Breadboard, 300 mm x 600 mm x 12.7 mm, M6 Taps
    $1,124.01
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    MBC4560/M Support Documentation
    MBC4560/MCustomer Inspired! Water-Cooled Breadboard, 450 mm x 600 mm x 12.7 mm, M6 Taps
    $1,453.47
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