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.
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
Chief technology officers
Intermediate: Talk is intended for experienced technologists who need to know the basics of polymer optics and how they are manufactured.
What are polymer optics and where are they used?
What are the advantages and disadvantages of applying polymer optics?