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How can custom optics save money?

Catalog optics companies, include substantial price market ups for all their lenses. In many cases this can be 2-3 times what the price of a custom lens would be. At what volume these savings can be found depends on the lens type, for a glass spherical lens you could be saving money 40% in volumes… Continue Reading

Optical coating definitions and standards

According ISO 10110 standard optical coatings is divided on two types: protective coatings and functional coatings. Protective coatings are coated on optical elements when safety of optical surfaces and functional coatings is needed. For example, if using of optical device in aggressive environment is planned. Functional coatings are coated on optical elements to provide necessary… Continue Reading

How long does it take to produce optics?

lens elements in assembly

Injection Molding

Generally 8- 24 weeks for mold ( tool) making. Imaging optics require more precision due to surface finish and other tolerances. “Soft tools”  which  have  a shorter life time can be quicker to make ( 2-4 weeks.)

 

Lens Grinding

6-12 weeks is average, faster ‘rush’ service is possible in certain cases for a premium price

3D printingground and polished lenses

A few hours, but only usable for illumination light pipes and niche applications

Machined and hand polishing plastic

1- 2 weeks, useful for prototype volume illumination optics

Extrusions

3-4 weeks for tool making

 

Optics Manufacturing Terms

Types of materials

  • Glass types: Ohara, Schott, CDHM are common. Depending on the application and vendor preference alternatives can be used
  • Plastic: PMMA, Plastic
  • Lens holders: plastic, aluminum, titanium
  • Crystal: most often used in laser applications

Types of production processes:

  • Grinding and polishing glass
  • Injection molding plastic
  • Injection molding glass
  • Diamond turning plastic
  • 3D printing

Types of applications

  • Non-imaging and illumination ( generally lower tolerances)
  • imaging optics ( highest tolerances)