Secrets of Optical Design, Part 3: Mastering Design Software

By Damon Diehl | Aug 3, 2018 11:17:00 AM

This article is the last of our three-part series on optical design secrets. In previous blogs we explained some important aspects of optical manufacturing, and we offered advice on how to protect your production schedule by using reliable optics sourcing to defend your optics supply chain. This final article provides some best practices to follow when using optical design software. There are too many programs and applications for us to give software-specific advice, but our optical design expertise enables us to provide some important principles that apply whenever you use software to optimize the performance of an optical system design .

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Secrets of Optical Design, Part 1: Understanding Optical Manufacturing

By Damon Diehl | May 29, 2018 11:43:43 AM

This article is the first of a three-part series on aspects of design that are sometimes overlooked in optics courses. Optical design is often as much art as science. However, it is not magic! Like any art or science, skill in the trade comes only with experience and practice. That said, you can save time by learning from the experience of others.

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The Importance of Designing for Optical Assembly

By Damon Diehl | May 15, 2018 10:48:00 AM

The optical assembly process is often treated as an afterthought of the design process; however, once a product has gone into production, assembly becomes a dominant cost. Designing for ease of assembly becomes a considerable cost-saver in the long run. Below we offer three important points to consider as you develop a product.

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FAQ: Tolerances & Tips for Super-Polished Optics

By Ross Team | Jan 18, 2018 1:05:00 PM

What is super-polishing? 

Super-polishing is a new classification for optical surface quality, sometimes referred to as "atomically smooth." By this we mean surface roughness features that can be measured in Angstroms, which are ten times smaller than nanometers. A single hydrogen atom is roughly 1 Å in diameter, so super-polishing really is “atomic.” By comparison, a λ/100 specification is 6 nm.

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Outsourcing Optical Assembly: 4 Cost Considerations

By Ross Team | Nov 2, 2017 9:14:00 AM

Optical assembly is an important step in the production of an optical system—as well as a major cost driver. As we’ve previously discussed, designing optics with assembly in mind can ease the transition from prototype to final product and save money in the long run. But beyond design, the “who” and “where” of assembly can also affect price.

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Optics Supply Chain Trends & Survey Results

By Katie Steelman | May 31, 2016 10:30:00 AM

We recently conducted a survey to learn more about how professionals in the optics industry are managing their supply chains. Respondents spanned a range of industries and roles, but a few similarities emerged.

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Advantages of a Vendor-Managed Inventory Program

By Lisa Yang | Jul 17, 2014 10:11:00 AM

As you may know, Ross Optical recently added a new inventory solution. Called vendor-managed or consignment inventory, this program gives customers on-demand access to our more than 1000 catalog optical components, as well as custom optics and assemblies.

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