LUXEXCEL | 3D Printed Optics
OPTIS and Luxexcel, the 3D printing service for optical products, connect their respective innovative technologies to bring you a complete service covering both virtual and real prototyping.
After creating a design within your CAD platform, you may want to create a real optical prototype, especially for elaborate and freeform optical shapes. This process is often long and requires substantial investment, due to processes like injection molding or diamond milling and turning. This is why, Luxexcel developed a unique 3D printing technology for optical designs. Luxexcel is the only company in the world that offers a 3D printing service for fully transparent and optically functional products.
It’s simple: after you create your lens or light guide and verify designs directly within your CAD platform, just upload your CAD file to this portal to order the 3D printed prototype. The Luxexcel 3d printing service opens up new possibilities to create customized and fully optimized optics for your project. After your online file upload, Luxexcel checks the design, prints it, then sends it back to you; all in 5 working days.
3D printing of optics has several advantages in comparison with traditional production and prototyping methods:
- Customize your product
- Speed up your development process
- Support the iterative development process
- Adapt your optic designs to the project needs
- Avoid large upfront investments
Luxexcel’s 3D printing service offers the best optical transparent material available. The products require no post-processing and have a really smooth surface. Obtain your 3D printed design in just three steps:
- Upload your CAD file
- Receive a quote
- Order your product
|Building surface||1 mm x 1mm (0.039”x 0.039”)||180 x 380 mm (7.087”x 14.960”)|
|Building height||0.8 mm (0.0314”)||20 mm (0.787”)|
|Feature size/pitch||1 mm x 1mm (0.039”x 0.039”)||180 x 380 mm (7.087”x 14.960”)|
|Feature height||0.3mm (0.0118”)||20 mm (7.087 x 14.960”)|
|Shape conformity average deviation
(The difference between the CAD file and the actual 3D printed model)
OPTIS has been modelling and simulating different OPTICAL geometries in SPEOS and transferring the data in STEP format to Luxexcel for 3D printing. The tests by OPTIS show that, within the known limitations by Luxexcel, simulation results fit to the measured prototypes. Luxexcel keeps improving their printing capabilities on a regular basis.
The design guidelines from Luxexcel are available on their website:
Please take into account that, unlike machined plastics parts, it is not possible to achieve sharp edges or very small structures with this technology. However, the surface roughness is close to “optical polished” which is a big advantage.
At the moment, Luxexcel print material can mainly be used for prototyping purpose as it is not yet certified for automotive or aeronautics usage.
More details in pictures :
It is possible to print sizes up to an A3 Paper (180mm x 380mm x 20mm, it is possible to print up to 1000ds of prototypes at low cost compared to injection molding, as no tool needs to be built. In comparison to prototypes manufactured by cutting tools (like diamond cutting) the surface and transparency of 3D printed optics from Luxexcel is much better and may be compared to serial production, freeform can be easily produced which is not possible by using diamond turning machines (rotational symmetry in this case).
The shape conformity of Luxexcel’s printing technology of 100 microns is good enough for lighting technology but not yet for imaging optics.
Discover the showcases we chose and tested for automotive industry:
Use this discount code to receive a 4% discount on your order when requesting a quote at Luxexcel.com
Discount code: 7yoptis-luxexcel09