AFM Workshop

Constructing an AFM Vibration Cabinet


1. Introduction

A vibration cabinet is an acoustically insulated box which helps in improving the imaging details of the Atomic Force Microscope (AFM). Placing the AFM equipment suspended by a bungee cord inside the cabinet reduces the noise caused by acoustic vibrations. The exterior size of the cabinet is approximately 20.5 inches deep by 22.5 inches wide and 38 inches tall. For the box frame, two butcher block tables will be used. It is recommended that the box frame is already built when purchased (available at IKEA) since it would be difficult to build the box frame with the accurate dimensions. The exterior panels are made of ¾ inch thick MDF board.


Introduction to the Vibration Cabinet 2


Table of Contents

1. Introduction to the Vibration Cabinet 2
2. Tools and Supplies 2
3. Assembly of the Butcher Block Tables 4
4. Attaching the Exterior Panels 5
5. Making the Electrical Ribbon Cutout and Pincher Blocks 5
6. Mounting the Door 6
7. Assembly of the Instrument Platform 7
8. Sound Insulation 8
9. Aligning the Instrument Platform 8
10. Final Steps 9

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