Optics Manufacturing 101

Optics Manufacturing 101 was designed for engineers by engineers. With the topic 'design for manufacturability' continuing to grow, we created this program to assist optical designers in designing their optics with the end in mind. 

How to Get a Quote

In order to turn your optical design from concept to the finished lens, it is crucial to understand what items need to be provided when submitting a request for a quote. This video addresses various topics such as non-disclosure agreements, prints with tolerances, quantities, time frame, documentation, quality requirements, and terms & conditions. 

Specifying Optical Coatings

From a manufacturer's perspective, there are several pertinent pieces of information that need to be relayed in the specification of optical coatings (essential and supplemental information). Essential information is the minimum information needed to design a coating to meet the spectral requirements. This information is typically the glass type, wavelength or range of wavelengths of interest, angle of incidence (AOI), or AOI range. Supplemental information ensures the coating will be designed with your exact use in mind and enhance system performance. This information is typically laser damage requirements, environmental durability requirements, witness piece requirements, and special documentation, marking, and packaging requirements. 

Inspection Data Documentation

Inspection Data is a valuable tool to verify the optics produced meet customer specifications. This video explains the various standard and additional inspection data options we offer.

Precision Aspheres: Manufacturing & Metrology

Aspheres have allowed optical designers to create systems and products that push the limitations of performance across several fields. In this presentation, we will explain the various processes utilized to manufacture precision aspheres. Our presentation will apply to grinding and polishing aspheres, as well as the metrology utilized to verify important specifications such as form error, slope error, and surface roughness. this will assist optical designers in understanding the common challenges in regards to manufacturing aspheres. 

Designing for Manufacturability with Fluorides and Other High Expansion Materials

As the demand for fluorides and other high expansion materials increases, it is important to understand the risks/challenges involved with these materials and how they affect various factors such as manufacturability, project cost, and timeline. This presentation will also include methods of design to minimize these risks and will also provide some general tolerancing guidelines for working with these materials.