Polymer Optics Missile Systems

Missile systems are an integral part of air defense systems. Syntec Optics was commissioned to create the optical and opaque components used in an optoelectronic sub-assembly for a defense industry client. The sub-assembly was used for guidance systems to provide US Homeland Security. These tactical optics included 16 optical and opaque components that needed to be brought to production very quickly. We engineered mold tooling and inspection fixturing by utilizing our Design For Manufacture (DFM) concepts to optimize the part geometries. The optical and most opaque components were injection molded using our Arburg 28-ton injection molding machines. Many Larger opaque components were injection molded using our Toshiba 170-ton injection molding machine. The optical components were made from various material resins, including Polyetherimide Ultem 1000 and Polycarbonate Lexan 121. The opaque components were made using various material resins, including Nylon 6/6 and Polycarbonate Lexan.

The subassembly had several components, and we worked within extremely tight tolerances during the manufacturing process. We performed profilometer and Coordinate Measuring Machine (CMM) data computation following production. With final approval through the Quality Assurance Department, we quickly shipped the product to the client, who was very pleased with the success of each component used to make the optoelectronic sub-assembly. The 16 components were completely brought to production in 6 months through the resources and teamwork of Syntec personnel.