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)