Enterprises Inc. provides customers with extensive optical design and manufacturing
expertise and capability, all under one roof.
the latest technologies in lens design, precision molding of plastic optics,
thin film coating, single point diamond turning, metrology, optical engineering
and automated opto-mechanical assembly, LEI can support all stages of product
development. Whether the need is for engineering design, prototypes, or
high volume production of optical components, Lightwave can truly provide
high value, full service solutions - cost effectively and on-time.
Lightwave has blended advanced molding techniques with leading edge, optical
technology to produce superior precision plastic optics with turnaround
times well ahead of industry standards. LEI regularly manufactures plano,
cylindrical, toroidal, spheric, aspheric, and prismatic shapes. Their facility
contains a modern white room environment as well as state of the art molding
equipment and all the metrology expertise necessary to produce highly sophisticated
optics and optical systems. They use robotics to produce high volumes at reasonable
prices for automation-friendly assemblies. Low volume to high volume, their
people and equipment stand ready to design, manufacture, and test optics
in record time.
Point Diamond Turning
Lightwave uses Single Point Diamond Turning (SPDT) processes to rapidly
prototype extremely precise spheres, aspheres, toroids, cylinders, conic
and plano optics and assemblies for new programs. LEI’s clients can
assess plastic optical designs without having to bear the large tooling
expense of making an injection mold first. SPDT also enables LEI to deliver
production tooling with much shorter lead times than usually experienced
in the marketplace. Whether it is single cavity developmental tooling or
multi-cavity production tools, Lightwave can provide their customers with
the quick turnaround, cost-effective solutions they have come to expect.
Lightwave technicians have more than 25 years of experience in coating design
and manufacturing. While experts in coating glass surfaces, they also helped
pioneer and perfect processes for increasing the durability of coatings
on complex, molded polymer optics. Their state-of-the-art, high capacity Box
Coater with Planetary Rotation, Airco Super Source E-guns, and Automated
Deposition Controllers allows Lightwave to provide their customers flexible, reliable,
and cost effective solutions to their coating needs for both prototypes
Lightwave has extensive experience in optical design, lens design, illumination
design, and optomechatronic subsystems. Designs can be tailored for high
volume, automated assembly and precision alignment techniques, or low volume
interactive precision alignment techniques. LEI frequently employs aspheric
elements in plastic used in conjunction with glass spherical elements to
achieve exceptional performance and value.