Additive Manufacturing of Optics

Additive manufacturing, also referred to as ‘3D printing’, is any of various processes in which material is joined or solidified under computer control to create a 3D object, with liquid or solid materials being fused together. 3D printing is used in both rapid prototyping and additive manufacturing.

3D Printing Technologies

Objects can be of almost any shape or geometry and typically are produced using digital model data from a 3D model or another electronic data source such as an Additive Manufacturing File (AMF) file – usually in sequential layers.

Generally, there are many different technologies, like stereolithography (SLA) or fused deposit modeling (FDM). Thus, unlike material removed from a build block in the conventional subtractive processes, 3D printing or Additive Manufacturing builds a three-dimensional object directly from a CAD file or AMF file, usually by successively adding material layer by layer, without the need for manufacturing tooling.

3D Printing or Additive Manufacturing?

The term “3D printing” referred originally to a process that deposits a binder material onto a powder bed with inkjet printheads, layer by layer. More recently, the term is being used to encompass a wider variety of additive manufacturing techniques. Global technology standards use the official term ‘additive manufacturing’ in its broader sense.

Additive Optics Fabrication

The Luximprint process, capable of creating smooth and functional optical parts straight from the printer, uses Additive Optics Fabrication (a.k.a. Additive Optics Manufacturing) technology to build its desired shapes.

On the contrary to the ‘conventional’ 3D printing methods, the Luximprint process jets droplets of a liquid, UV-curable material.

LightNOW Blog: 3D Printed Lighting

LightNOW Blog: Views and Opinions on 3D Printing for the Lighting Industry In a series of articles by Craig DiLouie, our Co-Founder Marco de Visser shared his views an opinions of the impact of 3D printing technology for the lighting industry, how it impacts and disrupts today's' processes and market approach and how industry professionals [...]

LPS & TIL 2018 – Post Show Report by LED professional

LpS & TiL 2018 - The Lighting Industry Is Repositioning Itself In 2018, for the second time in a row, TiL joined LpS, extending the offerings of both to exhibitors, speakers and attendees. Interesting talks, panel discussions and networking opportunities brought insight to the current status of the lighting industry and showed some self-reflection and future perspectives at [...]

By |2018-12-05T10:54:36+00:00December 5th, 2018|Additive Manufacturing, Events, Free Publicity|0 Comments

Kunststoff Institut Seminar 3D Printing – Additive Opportunities for the Future

Seminar Kunststoff Institut: Additive Plastics Fabrication for Today and Tomorrow It's been a real pleasure to us to contribute to this year's Seminar and Trade Exhibit "3D Printing - Additive Opportunities for the Future", organized by the Kunststoff Institut in Lüdenscheid, Germany. On March 21st, 2018, the organization opened up a complete and compelling program [...]

By |2018-04-09T14:25:27+00:00April 9th, 2018|Additive Manufacturing, Events|0 Comments

Luximprint: A gentile Introduction

Hi There! We're Luximprint and we offer Additive Fabrication Services for Inspirational, Functional and Decorative Optical Plastics After the openings of the Luximprint Creative Factory earlier, we're delighted to say that we start to take in meanwhile new research and application projects. To our users in a variety of industries, we now offer fast, [...]

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