Syntec Optics is an American optical manufacturer of precision optics. Since its inception in 1981, it has grown into what has now become a fully-integrated offering of precision optics manufacturing. Our precision optical solutions include optical components of various geometries, polymer optics, glass optics, diamond turning optics (both prototype and production), optical systems, and optomechanics. Our in-house optical design, optical assembly, and optical coating services make it a complete development solution for customers. To ensure quality, we have excellent metrology and testing setup.
Precision Optics applications are rapidly expanding. They find numerous applications in medical, consumer, defense, and biometrics fields. Therefore, with our innovative approach, Syntec Optics developed high refraction diamond turning technology (HRDT). This technology helps maintain high-level precision in optical elements. Similarly, we also reinvented plastic optics applications and tolerances. As a result, many OEMs use our precision molded plastic optics solutions for their critical applications.
Our manufacturing team selects the most suitable optical materials – polymer or glass, depending on the application. Consequently, the material selection approach helps to achieve desired properties in high-precision optical components. In addition, we produce laser optics, achromatic lenses, infrared optics, and optical prisms. Customers benefit from our precise custom optics solutions.
Imaging optics applications are increasingly using freeform optics. Augmented and virtual reality head-mounted displays greatly benefited from freeform optics. One freeform element replaces several conventional rotationally symmetric elements. As a result, optical engineers can make miniaturized optical devices. Syntec Optics has overcome the challenges in manufacturing such complex surfaces.
Syntec Optics is not merely an optical lens manufacturer but a complete high-precision optics solutions provider. It is a significant independent player in the optics and photonics industry. The vertically integrated structure reduces lead time and improves delivery timelines.
Customers reach out to Syntec Optics for their precision optics elements and systems needs. We assist them with the design for manufacturability approach and suggest the best suitable manufacturing method (diamond turning, molding) and materials (polymers, optical-grade glass). After fabrication, the precision optics are coated and assembled depending on the product requirements. If the application demands, the precision machining unit produces optomechanics. All components and systems then go through quality assurance, ensuring everything is as per specifications.
Tooling and optics tolerances are tightly linked since achieving the latter requires the former. We build all tooling in house, including molds to produce lenses as small as 0.5 mm, which requires tolerances of a quarter of a fringe. Tolerances, however, are significantly affected by the overall design and the choice of materials.
Optical Bandpass Filters are used to transmit selective wavelengths of the spectrum while attenuating all other wavelengths. Syntec Optics produces complex optical coatings on plastics. Bandpass filters on the glass are relatively straight forward to produce. Coating design on plastic substrates is complicated.
Syntec Optics uses well-established principles to design, optimize and calculate the performance of optical coatings. An optical coating is one or more thin layers of material deposited on an optical component such as a lens or mirror, which alters the way in which the optic reflects and transmits light.
Syntec Optics has developed thin film technology for plastic optical systems. Thin film technology is a process by which very thin layers (nanometers in thickness) are deposited on a substrate. Electronic semiconductor devices and optical coatings are the main applications benefiting from thin film deposition.
Synchronizing assembly with your distribution needs is a critical factor in your program’s success. Whether you require one-time or ongoing optical assembly, Syntec Optics can offer a precision electro-optical assembly-line in a cleanroom environment, enabled by skilled technicians supervised by expert engineers.
We develop the best, most cost-effective solutions to today’s optical engineering challenges. These solutions may utilize some of the unique capabilities of plastic such as aspherical surfaces, diffractive surfaces and molded in mechanical features that promote alignment accuracy and economical assembly.
Syntec Optics is your answer for reduced development time and optimum performance of your optical assembly project. Our optical alignment and assembly capabilities include applications like mounting, alignment, beam manipulation and focusing. Efficient optical systems require carefully matched components.
Customers engage Syntec Optics to conduct diffractive designs. Once the suitable material is determined, the first step of the design investigation is to design a single element. The design is optimized at a single wavelength and aspheric terms are added to both surfaces. The correction with up to 6th order aspheres is quite good.
Many commercial LWIR lenses are currently two-element solutions.Diamond turning is a main component of the manufacturing requirements, although AR coatings are also a critical part of the process. Coating IR materials can be quite challenging and expensive because of the relatively thick layers that are required.
Precision molding of lenses using Chalcogenide glass affords considerably less expensive production cost in large quantities compared to SPDT (single point diamond turning) and a definitive and competitive price-performance ratio. Chalcogenide glass has attractive optical properties over broad IR spectrum.
What are precision optics?
Precision optics are optical components of various geometries and materials. They are used in optoelectronics, electro-optics, and optomechanical systems for light imaging, sensing, detection, and transmission applications in different wavelength bands.
How are precision optics manufactured?
Precision optics are manufactured using a number of processes depending on the application and material requirements: plastic injection molding, glass molding, and diamond turning.
What are some examples of precision optics?
Lenses, mirrors, prisms, spheres, aspheres, freeforms, cylinders, domes, wedges, wafers, windows, and microlens arrays are some examples of precision optics.
What are precision optics used for?
Precision optics are used in optical systems for medical (diagnostic imaging, microfluidics, lab-on-a-chip, point-of-care devices), consumer (cameras, AR/VR headsets, LiDAR), defense (aiming, targeting, guides), and biometrics (fingerprint, iris, facial imaging) applications.
What materials are used to manufacture precision optics?
Precision optics are manufactured from polymers, glass, and crystals. Read more about optical materials here.