Rapid Prototyping of Custom Optics for Illumination Applications

Rapid Prototyping is generally used to quickly fabricate a scale model of a physical part or assembly using three-dimensional CAD data. In the optics field, printed optics by Luximprint are a fast way of getting custom optical parts available in a matter of days. Manufactured in a fast, flexible and cost-effective way,  inventive Additive Optics Fabrication technology is used to build customs for a broad range of multi-market illumination applications.  

Shorter Cycle Times, Faster Marketing

During the engineering cycle, it is critical to keep lead times as short as possible in order to avoid valuable market time losses. The faster a product can be engineered, assembled and produced, the faster a company can launch it to the market and start to earn revenues from it and earn back the investments.

In traditional optics fabrication, lead times for custom optics typically range from weeks to months, taking into consideration that soft tooling has to be created, validated and approved before any final hard tooling can be ordered. Even when no soft tooling is ordered and a direct step is taken towards a hard tool, the time (and money) losses coming along with that are significant. Not to speak about the risk involved in the decision making.

[caption id="attachment_3403" align="alignnone" width="1258"]Image of Luximprint direct CAD-to-Optic Manufacturing process Direct ‘CAD-to-Optic’ manufacture is the most straightforward way of getting your custom optics available without costly commitments.[/caption]

Direct CAD-to-Optic Manufacture

Additive Optics Fabrication, on the contrary, uses additive technologies rather than subtractive machining, whereby unnecessary materials are removed. With direct ‘CAD-to-Optic’ manufacture, LED optics are printed straight from the CAD file without the need for further manufacturing tooling.

Noteworthy is that the printed parts are optically smooth and functional straight from the printer, on the contrary to conventional 3D printing methods whereby a significant amount of post-polishing work is needed.

Event Review: Materials 2018 Veldhoven

Materials 2018 Veldhoven: Discovery of New Materials and Treatments for Printed Optics Materials 2018 Veldhoven, The Netherlands, is the trade fair where everything revolves around the role of materials in the success of a product. The Luximprint team joined the show at the NH Conference Centre Koningshof on May 30 in order to optimize and [...]

By |2018-06-01T11:02:15+00:00June 1st, 2018|Events, Material Specifications, Surface Finishes|0 Comments

Fachtagung 3D Druck in der Kunststoffverarbeitung

Generative | Additive | Future-minded 3D printing is a hot-topic these days, and conquered meanwhile also private home environments. In the media, frequent messaging and updates are found on the evolution of this novel fabrication technology and how it is adopted by a variety of industries. However, a lot of questions are still around... Rapid [...]

By |2018-03-08T13:36:25+00:00March 21st, 2018|0 Comments

Generative Techniques for the Production of Tomorrow

On November 14, 2017 Luximprint will be giving a seminar about its novel technology for rapid prototyping of decorative and optical plastics and Optographix at 'Generative Techniques for the Production of Tomorrow' in Lüdenscheid, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. The seminar is organised by Kunststoff-Institut Lüdenscheid and hosts local professionals from the Sauerland based optical- and lighting industries. They [...]

By |2017-10-04T08:26:00+00:00November 14th, 2017|0 Comments

Workshop Cluster Lumière

  On October 27, 2017 Cluster Lumière brings together various stakeholders including laboratories, manufacturers, engineers, lighting installers and designers involved in lighting for an educational event on the strategic issues for future lighting: Workshop Cluster Lumière. Optical Plastics and 3D Printing for Rapid Prototyping Lighting Systems Luximprint is invited to give a workshop on "Optics and 3D [...]

By |2017-10-10T08:31:20+00:00October 27th, 2017|0 Comments

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