- optics production engineering
- optical manufacturing
- optical measurements
- optical coatings
Optics Manufacturing supports in the development and production of optical components and optomechatronical systems and instruments. We advise our customers on manufacturability and manufacture prototypes or small series of optical components and assemblies. The polishing of optical materials is a key competence for the manufacturing of high quality optics. TNO possesses advanced equipment, expertise and a lot of experience in this field.
Optics Manufacturing is the center for optics manufacturing. We advise, conduct experimental research and make optical components using modern production processes and polishing technology designed by TNO itself. Polishing is one of our key technologies, which enables us to manufacture every form of optics. The degree to which this technology is mastered, determines the possible form, size, material choice and product quality. Our center offers a large diversity in manufacturing processes. Therefore, a multitude of forms like spherical, aspherical, cylindrical and free forms can be polished. For the polishing of optical surfaces Optics Manufacturing uses two different techniques: conventional and computer controlled polishing.
Conventional polishing is used when optical components are made on specification of the customer. The polishing process and the measurement possibilities are key in achieving the the requested quality. By using conventional polishing, different kinds of glass, ceramic, crystal and metal can be processed up to extremely high levels of optical quality. Advantages of polishing at Optics Manufacturing:
In computer controlled polishing, a unique combination of polishing technology and contactless measurement is applied using NANOMEFOS. Optics Manufacturing. applies corrective polishing to aspheric and freeform surfaces by using robot polishing. Our polishing robot provides numerous possibilities for the grinding and polishing of different materials, among which are glass, zerodur, siliciumcarbide and molybdenum. Advantages of computer controlled polishing at Optics Manufacturing are: