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Prototype Optics

Breakthrough optical technologies require an agile approach to prototyping, production, and delivery. Optimax is known for pioneering rapid production of high-quality prototype optics with quick turnaround times. During the 1990s, we were known as the “FedEx of Optics” and we aim to preserve that spirit today, applying our highly robust processes to the complex optical systems of today.

Prototype Optics


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What is Rapid Optical Prototyping?

Prototype optics stem from the drive to generate one-of-a-kind optics. Small volume production of high-quality prototypes was the logical next step, with contracting product life cycles requiring quicker development processes. Today’s prototyping is more challenging given the greater range of production factors, including materials required, geometries, and overall design requirements. Additionally, optical engineers increasingly need more challenging optics that test the limits of conventional optical prototyping capacity. At Optimax, we have built a reputation for taking on the most challenging optical prototyping tasks, delivering laser grade optics and R&D solutions for engineers in a range of market sectors.

Types of Optics

We apply our state-of-the-art optical and mechanical metrology solutions across the full spectrum of our product offerings, including our aspheric optics, cylinders, domes, freeforms, prisms, spheres, and so on. Refer to our high-precision optical components for more information.


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Technical Expertise

Do you want to learn more about our optical manufacturing innovation? Refer to our Knowledge Center to read technical papers on, aspheres, business leadership, coatings, freeform optics, innovative optics manufacturing, and lens tolerancing & inspection.

Lens Tolerancing & Inspection

How to use manufacturing statistics when tolerancing a lens system

Lens design software analyzes optical tolerances by modeling a perturbed optical system to capture the effect of simultaneous changes in manufacturing and alignment errors.

Aspheric Optics

The sum of all errors: Technical Digest

Optimax Systems uses this MRF process to correct aspheric lenses in transmission to subwavelength errors.

Lens Tolerancing & Inspection

Cylinder Manufacturing Considerations

Cylinder manufacturing methods can influence specification, offering recommendations on what to consider when designing cylindrical optical components to minimize cost and allow for greater flexibility in manufacturing. 

Lens Tolerancing & Inspection

Centration Tolerances

There are parameters used in specifying centration of a lense and techniques used to check the location of and position the optical axis. Whether centering errors are specified in terms …

Lens Tolerancing & Inspection

The Language Of Prisms

Prisms are optical components used to reflect or refract light. Their distinct characteristics give rise to its own language, the language of prisms. 

Innovative Optics Manufacturing

Considerations in Manufacturing Cemented Assemblies

One design strategy for an optical system is centering two or more lenses together to build a lens assembly. However, strain in excess may cause delamination or fracture of the …

Lens Tolerancing & Inspection

Optical Glass: Substitutes Versus Equivalents

Selecting the material from which a lens is made is a fundamental design consideration. In certain situations, a substitute or equivalent material may need to be identified depending on the …

Innovative Optics Manufacturing

Specifying And Measuring Spherical Surface Irregularity ©

This paper will define surface irregularity for spherical surfaces, offer information on measurement methods for testing surface irregularities, and some specification guidelines.

Lens Tolerancing & Inspection

Mechanical Attributes: Diameter, Center and Edge Thickness Specification for Lens Manufacture

Mechanical attribute tolerances can be a major cost driver because of time and yield penalties added to fabrication of a lens. Dimensions and their tolerances are interrelated, so designers need …

Lens Tolerancing & Inspection

Specifying And Modeling As-Built Centration Errors For Singlets And Cemented Doublets

Centration errors arise from deviation from superposition. In a perfectly centered lens, the mechanical and optical axes are concurrent and coincidental, superimposed on each other.  

Lens Tolerancing & Inspection

Specifying More Than Peak to Valley

Mid-spacial frequency wavefront error, slope, and PVr have a big effect on optical component manufacturing. Specifying them can help reduce error. 

Lens Tolerancing & Inspection

The Effect of Phase Distortion On…Thin Film Coated Optical Surfaces

Phase-shifting interferometry is widely used to determine form errors of an optical surface in optical manufacturing. These distortions can affect the ability to get accurate data on thin film coated …

Lens Tolerancing & Inspection

Specifying and Measuring Slope Error of Optical Surface

This paper will first detail where slope error originated from, what it represents and the role it plays in the optical performance.

Lens Tolerancing & Inspection

Role of Surface Roughness In Optical Performance

This paper examines the role surface roughness plays in optical system performance, discusses the components of a surface roughness specification, and contrasts roughness with cosmetic defects.

Manufacturing the Future

At Optimax, we are manufacturing the future, creating the highest precision optics underlying high-tech systems in key markets and applications. We offer rapid and expedited delivery upon request and are committed to our customers in the long term.

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