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Precision plastic optics applications from design to assembly
Author(s): Claude Tribastone; Charles Gardner; William G. Peck
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Paper Abstract

Versatility, low cost, limited materials, and unfamiliar manufacturing and assembly processes generate opportunities, obstacles and confusion in the transition from glass to high volume plastic lens assemblies. From concept to final assembly, many factors must be considered. Different experiences and capabilities lead to different preferences among injection molding shops for materials, surface types, mechanical features, doublet assembly, subassembly processes, vacuum coatings, final assemblies, etc. Because the low cost and great versatility of polymer optics make them very attractive, care must be taken to ensure that appropriate quality standards can be met. The authors' experiences are drawn upon to address a number of such issues, from design through assembly and testing, from manually stuffed clam shells and tubes to diffractive optical element eyepieces and robot assembled endoscopes.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 December 1995
PDF: 5 pages
Proc. SPIE 2600, Design, Fabrication, and Applications of Precision Plastic Optics, (1 December 1995); doi: 10.1117/12.227917
Show Author Affiliations
Claude Tribastone, Opkor Inc. (United States)
Charles Gardner, Opkor Inc. (United States)
William G. Peck, Opkor Inc. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2600:
Design, Fabrication, and Applications of Precision Plastic Optics
Alex Ning; Raymond T. Hebert, Editor(s)

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