Plastic optics have many advantages within imaging systems over conventional all glass optic designs. Using plastic optics allows us to;
|Polymer Optics has worked with technology leaders to develop innovative imaging solutions.
One example of this is the Dyson 360 Eye™ robot vacuum cleaner that has a central panoramic camera which is used for navigation.
The requirement was a very demanding one because this was an unconventional lens that needed excellent imaging performance and low manufacturing cost.
To meet Dyson’s specification we used our experience of designing plastic optics to reduce the number of optical parts by making use of aspheric surfaces and multi-optic surface components.
|We used our experience in manufacturing optics to optimise the design to find the best imaging performance with the biggest manufacturing tolerances in the areas we know to be most difficult to meet.
POL’s mechanical design experience for optics lead us to make extensive use of self-aligning features that reduced assembly costs and variability ensuring that demanding quality targets could be achieved.
See www.Dyson360eye.com for more details.
If you have a requirement for imaging optics Polymer Optics can help you.
Not all our customers have a full specification for the optical performance of their system and we are often approached by non-optical engineers who need help framing their requirement in optical terms.
POL engineers can help with all stages of a project from an initial review of the options available through to final design and full production if required.
The latest computer optical design and ray trace programs with optomechanical innovation are used to take full advantage of plastics materials. Complex optical surfaces combined with integral low cost assembly features.
SLA (Stereolithography), SLS (Selective Laser Sintering), Clear SLA, SLA to Vacuum Casting, Direct Machining and Tooling options.
Proven optical quality toolmakers are chosen and assisted by mould flow analysis to optimize the tool. Our specialist toolmakers are skilled in optical surface generation and polishing.
Our moulders are trained in the art of optical moulding. Mould flow process analysis and thorough F.M.E.A. is controlled by the Project Manager to ensure quality and quantity.
Our integrated approach to design enables optical components to become part of the total solution, including how they interface with the other non-optical components.
Plastics optical components can be coated in poly-siloxane and acrylate based resin blends to impart more robust properties.
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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
Hybrid Reflector design uses a central lens to collect and collimate the on-axis light from the LED.
Our expertise in efficient light control in Lightguide assemblies, enables a lower number of LEDs to achieve the maximum performance.
Free-Form optics are a relatively recent development which offer a step change in the way wide areas are illuminated by LEDs.
Our "engineering with light" approach allows us to provide product solutions for all applications across the whole spectrum from Visible to Infrared.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Our patented prismatic colour mixing optic was introduced to enable good colour mixing, for narrow beam angle systems, using three discrete LED sources.
Brand named “GloWorm®”, the novel lightguide technology enables the light projected from a simple lightguide to be redirected and shaped