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