The Importance of Designing For Optical Assembly
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Optical design is the process of design optical devices to meet a set of performance constraints and requirements, including manufacturing and cost limitations. The process involves determining such parameters as surface profile types (diffractive, holographic, aspheric, spherical, and so on), the radius of curvature, material type, decenter (translation in X and Y), angular motion (tip/tilt), axial motion (translation in Z), and distance to next surface. There are several re »»

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Technical Facts about Hydrophobic Glass and Its Coating
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Hydro is Greek for water while phobos means fear. The surface of a material can react either in a water-loving (hydrophilic) or water-hating (hydrophobic) manner. Hydrophobic glass has many applications. In eyewear, water resistance is achieved through a transparent titania (titanium dioxide) coating of between 20 and 30 nanometer. Hydrophobic coating is also found in nature in the wings of many insects and on some leaves.  Other than eyewear, hydrophobicity concepts a »»

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Ways Quality Management Can Improve Your Precision Optics Program
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Quality management can help manufacturers to take advantage of new technologies to develop products that meet customer demands and stay ahead of the game. In fact, failing to invest in a proper quality management system can result in losses. As technology changes fast, so should your quality management process. You need to take the right steps to ensure you’re not left behind. We’ll look at the ways in which quality management can help enhance precision optics program all »»

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The Importance of Designing for Optical Assembly
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Many manufacturers pay the most attention to optical assembly without giving the design process much consideration. If the design is treated as an afterthought, assembly can become a difficult and time-consuming process. Paying a little more attention to the design can be a huge cost-saver. This is because it ensures the optics are perfectly designed before going into production. We’ll look at the most important considerations as you develop optics and why you need to avo »»

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Advantages of Hydrophobic Glass and its Coating
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Over the past few years, there has been an increase in the use of hydrophobic glass. Popularly known as self-cleaning glass, many companies have adopted hydrophobic glass due to its many fascinating benefits. Not very long ago, scientists realized that a glass with hydrophobic coating has more usefulness and durability than the normal glass. Since this discovery, many manufacturers have adopted hydrophobic glass to make better gadgets, car windows, house windows etc. This is »»

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Examples of Using Cylinder Optics for Beam Shaping

In the modern world, the field of optics is very critical in many new technologies. Manufacturing, medical treatment, scientific research, and measurement are just a few sectors that depend on optics for day-to-day operations. Through optics, these industries are able to undertake efficient beam shaping which is critical for their various processes. Hydrophobic coating has become very important when it comes to optics. With this type of coating, you are able to produce speci »»

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Differences and Similarities between Cylinder and Spherical Lens Fabrication
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You must have realized that both spherical and cylindrical optics have a circular profile when viewed end-on. However, there is a common misconception that similar production methods apply to the two optics. The methods used in the fabrication process of these optics use a similar concept of grinding and polishing, but these methods aren’t entirely similar. These optics have different aspects, respond differently to various levels of pressure, stress, and more. Here is what »»

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Cleaning Optical Mirrors vs. Lenses – Key Differences

Optical mirrors and lenses can get contaminated in many ways. The contamination can be minimized by returning the optics to their cases after use. Covering them for protection from the outside environment can also keep them clean for longer. Unfortunately, even with all these precautions, these items will eventually accumulate stains, dust, and other forms of contamination. The most recommended procedures for cleaning both optical mirrors and lenses are largely same. The fir »»

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Quality IR Optical Coatings
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IR optical coatings (IR for infrared) are used in many high end applications. They are used to make optical materials which are suited for patient’s needs. Lens coatings need to be created to resist damage. Most optical coatings are made using polycarbonate in order to prevent shatter upon impact. Polycarbonate is mainly used in the manufacturing of optical coatings because it is lighter in weight. It can be used to make lenses of superior optical quality. However, pol »»

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Types of Specialty UV Coatings and How They are Used
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Coatings have been used for many years to provide quality packaging. The main reason why coatings are important is because they offer protection and extend the lifespan of the contents in a package. Specialty UV coatings are used in printed packaging for decorative as well as protective reasons. They are applied in such a way that the package entices a consumer and is still able to protect the contents. Ultraviolet coatings are available in a range of finishes. We ar »»

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