From the table in your house to customized jewelry, almost anything can be 3D printed. Now, you can also 3D print optics. In this article the benefits of the Printoptical © Technology are discussed.
Layers in your model
For some products layering is not an issue. But for other products – like optics – visible layering is not desirable. Layering might hamper the transmission of light. As such, lenses or products that need an optical functionality need to be extremely smooth to function. The light needs to be able to travel uninterrupted through the material without scattering.
Most 3D printers cannot manufacture products without visible layering. They require post-processing, like sanding, grinding or polishing. As such, rapid prototyping for optics would simply not be possible with most 3D printers.
Printoptical © Technology: A process for transparent, smooth 3D printing
For products that need smooth surfaces Luxexcel’s Printoptical © Technology is perfect.
Printoptical © Technology is a unique additive manufacturing process that is suited for transparent, smooth products. The technology uses droplets of ink that can merge and flow before they are cured with UV. By merging the droplets smooth surfaces are formed. As such, this technology does not require any post-processing whatsoever.
What is Printoptical © Technology?
With this technology you can have your smooth, transparent 3D printed product within a couple of days, making it an ideal technology for rapid prototyping of optics.
Other benefits of this technology include:
- No post-processing. As mentioned earlier this technology makes post-processing obsolete. This drastically speeds up your time to market. Making it an ideal technology for rapid prototyping purposes.
- Easy iterations. Due to the speed and cost-effectiveness of this technology it is very suited for design validation. You can simply 3D print multiple designs, edit them and then re-print the models to validate your design.
- No minimum order quantity. It is no longer needed to invest in an expensive mold or other tooling. Simply send us your optics design and request quotes for as many parts that you need. There is no minimum order quantity.