Polymer Optics Night Vision Systems

During World War II, the development of night vision systems really took off. It has now become a critical component of modern warfare. Two distinct technologies can be used in night vision: Image Enhancement (collects tiny amounts of light, including the lower portion of the IR spectrum, imperceptible to the human eye, and amplifies it) and Thermal Imaging (captures the upper portion of the IR spectrum, emitted as heat by objects).

Syntec Optics was commissioned to create the optical and opaque components used in an optoelectronics sub-assembly for a defense industry client. The subassembly was to be used for US Homeland Security. We utilized our Design For Manufacture (DFM) concepts to optimize the part geometries; then, we engineered mold tooling and inspection fixturing. 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 500.

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 optoelectronics sub-assembly.

Defense Optics solutions by Syntec Optics are ideal for all your night vision needs. To learn more about this project, or for more information on our other products and services, please contact Syntec Optics.