Level up your 80/20 Frames

Level up your 80/20 Frames

We love 80/20 T-slot rail. It’s a quick way to make frames and supports for instruments, experimental gear, and even some strong storage fixtures. One of the common issues when making a frame with 80/20 is that it needs to be installed on an un-level concrete floor, or maybe is a moveable frame that will be used outdoors. The 80/20 company doesn’t really have a great solution for this problem. Normally it involves cutting a short piece of rail, securing it to the frame with a bracket, the the threading the end for a leveling foot. It takes a wrench to adjust and involves several expensive brackets. It works, but it doesn’t look or feel clean and costs too much.

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Orient your seismometer the easy way!

Orient your seismometer the easy way!

Many of us have had the frustrating experience of orienting seismometers or other magnetic instruments in the field. In the past you have had three options: 1) Use a broomstick and eyeball the measurement. 2) Invest in an expensive gyrocompass and train field helpers on its use. 3) Post process the alignment of the instrument in a time consuming process. Now there is a fourth option!

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