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Offline alexthe5th

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Arm mount for oscilloscope - does it exist?
« on: June 01, 2020, 08:50:35 pm »
I'm looking for a better solution for mounting my oscilloscope (Rigol DS1000 series - fairly slim and lightweight) as space on my desk is at a premium. Is there some kind of generic clamp mount out there that I can use to attach my scope to a monitor arm or something along those lines? Thinking of designing and 3D printing one specific to my scope that would mate with a standard VESA monitor arm, but first wanted to check and see if something already exists.
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Re: Arm mount for oscilloscope - does it exist?
« Reply #1 on: June 01, 2020, 09:12:02 pm »
Never saw one (taking out the more generic ones) but would love to see your design. Might serve me as inspiration.
 

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Re: Arm mount for oscilloscope - does it exist?
« Reply #2 on: June 01, 2020, 09:29:21 pm »
Didn't show up in the first page of the search for "oscilloscope mount" but I've definitely seen one posted here somewhere.  If I remember right, it was a monitor mount or something with an adapter plate for the back of the scope?
 

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Re: Arm mount for oscilloscope - does it exist?
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Re: Arm mount for oscilloscope - does it exist?
« Reply #4 on: June 01, 2020, 09:36:47 pm »
Well, there is this one but the price...  :palm:

https://www.rigol-uk.co.uk/Rigol-ARM-Desk-Mount-Instrument-Arm-p/arm.htm

I've seen that, but I think that's actually for a different, older model of scope and it's been long since discontinued. :(

The Rigol DS1000 is actually a bit of a pain to design the mount for, since the case has these weird molded angles in it. Why couldn't they just stick with the tried-and-true rectangular box?  :D
 

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Re: Arm mount for oscilloscope - does it exist?
« Reply #5 on: June 01, 2020, 09:41:44 pm »
Some Tektronix scopes come with VESA mounting holes so the idea isn't totally alien.
There are small lies, big lies and then there is what is on the screen of your oscilloscope.
 

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Re: Arm mount for oscilloscope - does it exist?
« Reply #6 on: June 01, 2020, 09:42:06 pm »
The Rigol DS1000 is actually a bit of a pain to design the mount for, since the case has these weird molded angles in it. Why couldn't they just stick with the tried-and-true rectangular box?  :D
Have you seen their more recent entry level arb gen? https://www.rigolna.com/products/waveform-generators/dg900/

I'm expecting their next generation equipment to have RGB lighting  ;)
 

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Re: Arm mount for oscilloscope - does it exist?
« Reply #8 on: June 01, 2020, 10:04:50 pm »
The term you are looking for is "swivel arm laptop shelf"

Those are the ones that I call "generic". Don't like them. I would prefer something like the Rigol's example.
 

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Re: Arm mount for oscilloscope - does it exist?
« Reply #9 on: June 01, 2020, 10:17:46 pm »
Have you seen their more recent entry level arb gen? https://www.rigolna.com/products/waveform-generators/dg900/

I'm expecting their next generation equipment to have RGB lighting  ;)

Seriously! Looks like a tacky gaming PC.
 

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Re: Arm mount for oscilloscope - does it exist?
« Reply #10 on: June 01, 2020, 10:26:40 pm »
The term you are looking for is "swivel arm laptop shelf"

Those are the ones that I call "generic". Don't like them. I would prefer something like the Rigol's example.

Unless the mfg put in vesa mounting just about forget it.. you are going to end up fabbing your own.. i mean think about it... what product can you sell that ISNT a generic small table on an arm?

A table with a box around it? All the options are cheese in those flavors..  if you use arms you either get to pick vesa or a table top or fab your own to match whatever it is you want to mount / integrate (this is what a lot of chinese do as well since they have hoards of generic cheap parts for making fixtures.. but again.. all custom designs for whatever)
 
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Re: Arm mount for oscilloscope - does it exist?
« Reply #11 on: June 02, 2020, 12:58:29 am »
An L-shaped bracket (like a bookend) drilled on the upright part for a vesa mount should give you what you need. Unlike a laptop shelf, the support will come from the back and the shlf itself will be unobtrusive (especially if you cut it to match the scope width).
 

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Re: Arm mount for oscilloscope - does it exist?
« Reply #12 on: June 02, 2020, 07:43:23 am »
Any sort of "arm" is going to cost a fortune.

How about a shelf 6" above the bench... will hold more than the 'scope, too!
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