One of the most significant factors in product design is the production quantity. Along with unit price, it determines what is possible and what is prudent in allocating resources to the engineering, to the tooling, and to the material costs. From the extreme of producing one or two units to the other extreme of producing over a million units, these trade-offs are discussed in the context of optical and photonic systems. These trade-offs are illustrated using examples of products produced for the capital equipment and consumer electronics markets covering the gamut of production quantities with particular attention given to optical components.
Lens offset, an image combining prism and a shadow graph are used to meet the performance objectives of an on-line precision dimensional gauge for transparent containers using focal plane array sensors and digital image processing.
This course teaches how to design a digital camera from a systems perspective with emphasis on the optical specification and how that relates to the sensor. Concepts are explained through graphics, animations and examples. Only simple math is presented. Rules of thumb are emphasized over rigorous theory.