Optical design
Optical aftersales

Prototyping

3D printing | Laser machining

SLA (Stereolithography), SLS (Selective Laser Sintering)

For sample manufacture of mechanical parts, housings, etc.

Clear SLA

Clear colourless resins for windows, lightguides and simple lens components

SLA to Vacuum Casting

  • SLA model sealed and polished then used as master for a silicone rubber tool
  • Parts cast in clear polyester resins – expect 70-80% of production performance
  • It is possible to produce a sample batch of up to 20 parts from the silicone tool



Direct Machining

CNC machining and polishing of cast PMMA acrylic and precision diamond turning

Tooling options

  • Aluminium tools -lower manufacturing time/cost – soft and poor optical finish
  • Soft steel tools -medium manufacturing time/cost – not fully hardened, but good optical finish
  • Fully hardened steel production tools – higher manufacturing time/cost – best tool life and highest performance

Optical ProductsProducts

LED Optics

Polymer Optics “Modular LED Optics”® design, based on a patented hexagonal format, allows maximum packing density and assembly flexibility for a wide range of applications.

We have also developed specialist optics for the latest range of high power UV LEDs emerging onto the market. These are made from high quality optical silicone to give excellent UV transmission with no long term degradation. See POL’s Silicone Optics page for further details.

We design and supply a comprehensive range of high quality, standard products for use with most world-leading LED devices

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Hybrid Reflectors

Hybrid Reflector design uses a central lens to collect and collimate the on-axis light from the LED.

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Lightguides

Our expertise in efficient light control in Lightguide assemblies, enables a lower number of LEDs to achieve the maximum performance.

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Free Form Optics

Free-Form optics are a relatively recent development which offer a step change in the way wide areas are illuminated by LEDs.

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Infrared Optics

Our "engineering with light" approach allows us to provide product solutions for all applications across the whole spectrum from Visible to Infrared.

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Imaging Optics

Developed tooling techniques enable us to produce precision optical surfaces with optical apertures of less than 1mm in diameter, required for miniature camera lens applications.

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Displays

Our design approach, using light scattering pattern techniques, have enabled us to provide high efficiency display illuminations with very compact space envelopes, which use the minimum of light sources and electrical power consumption.

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Eye Protection

Our experience in designing and developing ophthalmic products, enables us to provide precision, impact resistant, eye protection optics for applications such as: fire protection, motor cycle visors, industrial PPE and military systems.

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Street Lighting

Polymer Optics have designed and manufactured a range of optics for street lighting, to meet both the ME and S class regimes of EN13201-2 in Europe and the requirements of IESNA RP-8-00 in the USA.

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Emergency Lighting

Emergency Lighting and Visual Alarm Devices are applications where light from an LED has to be efficiently distributed over a wide area. POL’s free form optics technology is particularly suited for applications which require wide area illumination.

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Silicone Optics

POL can now provide advanced optical product design and rapid manufacture in the latest silicone resins to gain design and cost advantages in our customers’ applications.

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Colour Mixing Technology

Our patented prismatic colour mixing optic was introduced to enable good colour mixing, for narrow beam angle systems, using three discrete LED sources.

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GloWorm®

Brand named “GloWorm®”, the novel lightguide technology enables the light projected from a simple lightguide to be redirected and shaped

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  • LED Optics
  • Hybrid Reflectors
  • Lightguides
  • Free Form Optics
  • Infrared Optics
  • Imaging Optics
  • Displays
  • Eye Protection
  • Street Lighting
  • Emergency Lighting
  • Silicone Optics
  • Colour Mixing Technology
  • GloWorm®