As optical systems become increasingly complex and miniaturized, the role of optomechanics becomes significant. Optomechanical components can include housings, barrels, mounts, stages, spacers, retainers, optics bases, optics carriages, optics plates, optics covers, filter wheels, nano-positioning components, and light guide stands. These components are used in a wide range of applications such as – optical sensors, cameras, microscopes, quantum optics, nanophotonics, and laser optics systems.
Wordingham Technologies, a subsidiary of Syntec Technologies Inc. and ITAR registered, provides these precision machined components critical to the function and finished aesthetics of these systems. We have consistently delivered the quality our customers demanded for years (since 1984) and work with many of the “best-in-class” companies in optics, photonics, and precision instrumentation. Our customer base ranges from defense and security, medical and consumer sectors.
We routinely work with materials including, but not limited to, Aluminum, Brass, Stainless Steel, Glass Filled Plastics, Ultem, Teflon-Filled Delrin, Nylon, and Steel Alloys, such as Invar and Kovar, to produce tightly toleranced optomechanics components and assemblies.
Possessing fourth and five-axis cutting capability, Wordingham Technologies provides our clients with the most innovative, high-quality multi-axis milling and turning services for their custom optics applications and products. Wordingham Technologies is well equipped to handle a broad array of machining processes such as – facing, contour turning, threading, broaching, drilling, milling, and tapping. We offer CAD/CAM programming and design review, cellular manufacturing, and print review for new projects to reduce costs. This technology and innovative thinking enable us to improve processes and techniques to lower production costs and increase quality for every customer order.
Wordingham Technologies has high-end machines with 7-axis capabilities with up to 12 live tools turning and up to 7 ID work tools to maintain (+/-) .0001. These machine tools have high-tech controls. Full servo-axes and advanced technologies allow for faster machining operations while reducing the non-cutting idle time by 40%. These machine tools demonstrate the versatility and capability to manufacture a variety of complex custom optics and optomechanics parts.
Wordingham Technologies is located in Rochester, NY, one of the world’s top areas for optics innovation, putting us at the forefront of the industry’s most recent trends. Our emphasis on custom design-for-manufacturability, innovative machining techniques, metrology, and quality control reflects our commitment to excellence. We listen and respond to our customers by continually investing in new technology, enabling us to ship the quality they value. In short, we will exceed your expectations with a professional, forward-thinking approach at every level of our organization to serve you best.
We are a dock-to-stock supplier, a status we’ve earned by delivering quality custom machined parts when and where they’re needed.
Wordingham Technologies makes quality a top priority. This commitment has been at the core of our company since our inception in 1984. As everything we produce is a vital element of a precision optomechanics system, our custom approach to quality makes Wordingham a real partner in our customer’s success.
By systematically following and upgrading our proven internal systems, we ensure delivery of “Zero Defect” precision optomechanics components made precisely to customer standards, using the industry’s tightest tolerances. Metrology is critical to our Quality Department, which boasts a portfolio of leading-edge equipment.
These optomechanical components require a very tight fit between the OD of the cells and the ID of the barrels. The customers often want a fit of .0002-.0005 between the cells and barrels in order to optimize the performance of the finished unit. Our processes work well while maintaining reasonable pricing.
Many Optical Systems require barrels, spacers, and retainers for assembly. Here at Wordingham, we specialize in custom barrels, spacers, and retainers. We take pride in our knowledge of custom thread fits and have the personnel and machines necessary to produce highly toleranced quality parts at a reasonable price.
In order to run 20% glass filled Ultem retainer at high production volume and low pricing, we have to overcome the usual challenges that this material presents as well as figure out a new and different way to run this in a lower cost manner. The part was larger than the standard retainers we run unattended.
Wordingham has developed custom manufacturing processes for Teflon filled Delrin material that is quite expensive. The part we make are very tightly toleranced, both for size and for GD&T callouts. Since the material is quite expensive, we need to minimize scrap parts to keep pricing in line with customer expectations.
These parts are often custom machined as two separate parts, then assembled and machined further as a matched set. The plating can vary to a black nickel over electroless nickel, which is difficult to achieve as far as the cosmetics needed on these large parts. Our process worked and was controllable and repeatable.
Possessing fourth and five-axis cutting capability Wordingham Technologies is dedicated to providing our clients with the most innovative, high-quality multi-axis milling services for their custom optics applications. Additionally, we offer CAD/CAM programming and design review, cellular manufacturing, and print review.
The headliner L-720 equipped with 7-axis capabilities with up to 12 live tools turning and up to 7 ID work tools, can maintain (+/-) .0001. This machine tool is equipped with the powerful Mitsubishi 700 Control. Full servo axes and advanced technologies enable faster machining operations while reducing idle time by 40%.
In today’s global market, quality is expected. Wordingham Technologies makes quality an art form. This commitment has been at the core of our company for thirty-two years. Since virtually everything we produce is a vital element of a precision system, our custom approach to quality makes difference.
Offering top-quality machining services, Wordingham Technologies manufactures critical-to-function custom optics components used within the medical industry. With a strong reputation for producing precision instrumentation, we were contacted by a client located in Germany to construct a thermal block test plate.
Using our custom machining capabilities and experience, Wordingham Technologies uses CNC milling to manufacture an aluminum filter wheel for a customer in the optics industry. Our MORI Seiki DCG Vertical Mill is used for the CNC milling of the filter wheel itself, as well as for a stainless steel bushing used with the filter wheel.
What are some examples of optomechanical components?
Housings, barrels, mounts, stages, spacers, retainers, optics bases, optics carriages, optics plates, optics covers, filter wheels, nano-positioning components, and light guide stands
What are some applications of optomechanical components?
Optical sensors, cameras, microscopes, quantum optics, nanophotonics, and laser optics systems
Which materials are used in optomechanical components?
Aluminum, brass, stainless steel, glass-filled plastics, Ultem, Teflon-filled Delrin, nylon, and steel alloys (e.g., Invar, Kovar)
Which machining processes are used to make optomechanical components?
Facing, contour turning, threading, broaching, drilling, milling, and tapping