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3D-Printed Optics - Produces transparent and smooth optical elements

This 3D printing technology allows for the production of transparent, matte, textured, or coloured plastic elements with complex geometries and small features. The printing process utilises inkjet technology to build structures from thin layers of a UV-curable photopolymer; they are deposited in a 2D geometry and then cured by UV light. The process allows for on-demand manufacturing of optical elements directly from a CAD model, with no need for expensive moulds or tooling.

Used for:
It is used by lighting developers and optical systems designers for prototyping, custom projects, and low- to medium-volume manufacturing. Manufactured elements include Fresnel lenses, free-form lenses, and prisms.

Details:
The printing is done with modified wide-format industrial inkjet printers, which can produce geometries measuring up to 1,4 m x 5 m. The desired surface finish is achieved directly from the printer, so there is no need for time-consuming post-processing.

Idea:
Create a spotlight with multiple interchangeable lenses.

The sample:
The sample measures 60 mm x 55 mm.

All samples come with a laminated information card.

 

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