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Polymer optics: a manufacturer's perspective on the factors that contribute to successful programs
Author(s): William S. Beich; Nicholas Turner
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Paper Abstract

Precision polymer optics is a key enabling technology allowing the deployment of sophisticated devices with increasingly complex optics on a cost competitive basis. This is possible because of the incredible versatility that polymer optics offers the designer. The unique nature of injection molding demands a very disciplined approach during the component design and development phase. All too often this process is poorly understood. We will discuss best practices when working with a polymer optics manufacturer. This will be done through an examination of the process of creating state-of-the-art polymer optics and a review of the cost tradeoffs between design tolerances, production volumes, and mold cavitation.

Paper Details

Date Published: 12 August 2010
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 7788, Polymer Optics Design, Fabrication, and Materials, 778805 (12 August 2010); doi: 10.1117/12.861364
Show Author Affiliations
William S. Beich, G-S Plastic Optics (United States)
Nicholas Turner, G-S Plastic Optics (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7788:
Polymer Optics Design, Fabrication, and Materials
David H. Krevor; William S. Beich, Editor(s)

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