Diverse Optics provides strong in-house engineering support backed by solid strategic partnerships with leading polymer optics designers. We offer a wide array of engineering services including optical design, opto-mechanical design, mold design, mold flow analysis, and pre-production cost analysis.
You also benefit from a team that has the knowledge to ensure your products are robust and suitable for large-scale manufacture.
ENGINEERING SUPPORT STAFF
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ENGINEERING & DESIGN
- Optical Design
- Optical Modeling
- System Optimization
You may already know some of the many benefits of designing with polymer optics. But for those still on the fence trying to decide if polymer optics are the right choice, here are a few of the advantages of designing with polymer optics:
- Relative Low Cost
- High Impact Resistance
- Light Weight
- High Process Repeatability
- Integrated Mounting
- System Configuration Flexibility
- Unique Element Configuration
- Less Hazardous (does not splinter like glass)
- Light transmittance is comparable to high-grade crown glass
- Polymer Aspherics Compensate for Narrow Choice of Materials
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- The number one reason is usually a low cost material and low cost fabrication method; high volume capability into the millions of units, high precision, and rapid production.
- High impact resistance – Polymers do not splinter like glass. This characteristic is highly useful in terms of durability and cost-efficiency in applications such as heads-up (HUD) and helmet mounted (HMD) displays, goggles and medical/biomedical disposable optics.
- Low weight by volume make polymer optics well adapted for manufacturing lighter and smaller products for emerging cutting-edge technologies. Polymers are between 2.5 to 5 times lighter than comparable glass products.
- Repeatability – Injection molding is the most consistent and economical way to produce aspheric lenses in large volumes.
- Light transmittance is comparable to high-grade crown glass.
- Utilizing sophisticated optical surfaces such as refractive, reflective, and diffractive substrates with spherical, aspherical, cylindrical, and freeform prescriptions compensates for the narrow choice of substrate materials.
IMPORTANT FACTORS TO CONSIDER WHEN DESIGNING POLYMER OPTICS
- Aspect Ratio (ratio between center thickness and diameter)
- Moisture & Chemical Resistance
- Part Thickness
- Refractive Index (dn/dt)
- Continuous Use Temperature
- Environmental Conditions
- Thermal Expansion
R&D: Glass-Polymer Hybrid Optics
Design optimized with Polymer Optics