QCSS - Performance optics products & services.Last Updated: 02/06/2015  1:39 PM PST 

Design and Manufacturing Services

Custom and Design and Manufacturing to Create Application-Specific Optics.


QCSS lens manufacturing utilizes both traditional and modern manufacturing techniques to create the correct solution for the desired design goals. 

Spherical Lenses Grind and Polish
  • Process
    Traditional lens production uses a mold together with grinding and polishing compounds to create a spherical lens shape. Production must be very carefully controlled and requires much artisanal expertise to insure that the production process proceeds as desired and quality is not compromised.
  • Considerations
    - Lenses must be Spherical
    - Material: glass only
    - Low to Medium Volume (100,000's).
    - Size: Diameter of 2 mm ~ 250 mm.
    - Low upfront tooling cost
 

 


Plastic Injection Molding
  • Process
    High Volume lens production uses injection molding techniques to create optical surfaces that are very inexpensive on a per unit basis.  Production throughput however is affected by many factors including the desired surface precision and the lens size. 
  • Considerations
    - Lenses can be aspherical
    - Material: Plastic Only.  Note that plastic is not a preferred optic medium for high performance optics due to clarity and environmental constraints
    - Medium to High Volume (1,000,000's).
    - Size: Diameter of 2 mm ~ 100 mm.
    - High upfront tooling cost
 




Glass Molding
  • Process
    Injection molding concepts can be applied to optical glass to create very precise, aspherical lens elements. Aspherical lens elements can reduce the number of optical elements, reducing both weight and size of an optic assembly. Glass molding requires advanced equipment and is only available from limited vendors.  Also the cost of lens design and tooling is high. 
  • Considerations
    - Lenses can be aspherical
    - Material: Pre-formed glass blanks.  
    - Medium to High Volume (1,000,000's).
    - Size: Diameter of 2 mm ~ 30 mm.
    - High upfront tooling cost
 



"QCSS is a trusted partner in supporting our optics requirements with quality components."
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