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Injection Molded Polymer Optics: An Engineer's Guide for Successful Programs

Plastic or polymer optics made by injection molding offer many benefits: they are lighter in weight than a corresponding glass optic, they can be combined with structural mounting features, they are dramatically less costly than ground and polished glass optical elements, and complex aspheric or even random surface shapes can be economically manufactured. It is important for the optical systems designer to understand the benefits and challenges of using polymer optics and to have a grasp of how these types of optics are manufactured. This talk will address the topics of: physical properties of thermoplastics, manufacturing methods, secondary operations, and metrology.

Speakers
William Beich, Director of Sales and Marketing, G-S Plastic Optics 
Nicholas Turner, Quality Assurance Manager, G-S Plastic Optics

Who Should Attend
  • Lens designers, optical systems designers
  • Project engineers
  • Chief technology officers
  • Quality engineers
  • Purchasing Managers

Level
Intermediate: Talk is intended for experienced technologists who need to know the basics of polymer optics and how they are manufactured.

Seminar Objectives
  • What are polymer optics and where are they used?
  • What are the advantages and disadvantages of applying polymer optics?
  • How are polymer optics made?
  • What kinds of tolerances should I specify?
  • Successful project management fundamentals?
Seminar Information
Date Presented:
March 06, 2013 1:00 PM Eastern
Length:
1 hour
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William Beich

 
William Beich is a graduate of Roberts Wesleyan College in Rochester, NY and has worked in the field of injection molded optics for 17 years.  He has a background in manufacturing precision optics and diamond turned contact lenses.  He has been with G-S Plastic Optics since 2000.
 




Nicholas Turner
 
Nicholas Turner has been with G-S Plastic Optics for eight years and holds a B.S degree from the University of Rochester, Institute of Optics and an MBA degree from Rochester Institute of Technology, both in Rochester, NY.
 
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