Rapid proof of concept and prototyping can take place well in advance of the mold completion permitting high volume production within weeks while the mold is being manufactured through the use of:
- Direct single point diamond machining of the optic from a “blank” of the chosen material
- A prototype mold to produce a small pre-production run
Injection molding processes are capable of producing high volumes of identical optics resulting in low unit costs. As previously stated, mounting features may be incorporated into the optics resulting in additional BOM reductions and reduced overall manufacturing and assembly costs.
Injection molded polymer optics are an excellent option to address these concerns. It is imperative that your design team contact a skilled and experienced optical plastic injection molding company as early in the design phase as possible to ensure the advantages and limitations of injection molding are fully understood during system design.