The LABasix SA2 series breadboards for photonics research and OEM optical assemblies have been released by Newport Corp. Machined from solid 0.01-m-thick 6061 aluminum, they provide a stable, durable and lightweight platform for optical components and subassemblies. The standard grid of tapped holes extends to within 0.01 m of the plate edges, increasing the mounting surface. In-grid counter-bored holes and deep-edge chamfers facilitate lifting, aligning and integration onto standard optical tables. The imperial standard models feature 1/4-20 tapped holes on a 0.03-m grid; metric models feature M6 tapped holes on a 25-mm grid. Both are anodized deep black to minimize surface reflections. Other finishes are available upon request.