26 May 2015 Design and high-volume manufacture of low-cost molded IR aspheres for personal thermal imaging devices
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The demand for infrared optical elements, particularly those made of chalcogenide materials, is rapidly increasing as thermal imaging becomes affordable to the consumer. The use of these materials in conjunction with established lens manufacturing techniques presents unique challenges relative to the cost sensitive nature of this new market. We explore the process from design to manufacture, and discuss the technical challenges involved. Additionally, facets of the development process including manufacturing logistics, packaging, supply chain management, and qualification are discussed.
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A. L. Zelazny, A. L. Zelazny, K. F. Walsh, K. F. Walsh, J. P. Deegan, J. P. Deegan, B. Bundschuh, B. Bundschuh, E. K. Patton, E. K. Patton, } "Design and high-volume manufacture of low-cost molded IR aspheres for personal thermal imaging devices", Proc. SPIE 9451, Infrared Technology and Applications XLI, 94511M (26 May 2015); doi: 10.1117/12.2175541; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2175541
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