11 May 2017 Assessment of an approach to printed polymer lenses
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Additive manufacturing is proving its relevancy across a wide spectrum of development, prototyping and manufacturing in the US. However, there is a desire to move the capability beyond modeling and structural components. The use of additive manufacturing techniques to fabricate low-cost optics and optical systems is highly desirable in a number of markets. But processes and techniques for successfully printing an optic are currently very new. This paper discusses early advances in printing optics suitable for commercial and military applications. Data from and analysis of early prototype lenses fabricated using one possible technique will be included and discussed. The potential for additive manufacturing of optics to open the design space for complex optics and reduce development time, lowering cost and speeding up time to market, will also be discussed.
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Peter L. Marasco, Bob Foote, "Assessment of an approach to printed polymer lenses", Proc. SPIE 10181, Advanced Optics for Defense Applications: UV through LWIR II, 101810S (11 May 2017); doi: 10.1117/12.2271927; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2271927

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