Optical design services assist companies with the initial conception and design of optical, optomechanical, or optoelectronic devices or assemblies. Optical component design services provide lens design, mirror design, optical flats design, and custom optic design services. By contrast, optical system design services specialize in optical component assemblies. These optical design services may also incorporate optomechanical and optoelectronic components and subassemblies in the conception and design of complete optical systems. Optomechanical design services and optoelectronic design services are also available. These optical design services specialize in optomechanical subassemblies and optoelectronic subassemblies, respectively. Fiber optic design services help clients design fiber optic components, fiber optic subassemblies, and/or fiber optic assemblies.
Additional Services Offered
Many optical design services offer additional services such as consulting, modeling, prototyping, low-volume manufacturing, alignment, and testing and metrology. Some companies offer design software license for lease or purchase, or can create optical design software for a client’s specific needs. Optical modeling involves the construction of physical or virtual (i.e., software-based) representations of a requested optical design. Optical prototyping services can provide conceptual or physical working models of optical, optomechanical, or optoelectronic components, subassemblies, or assemblies. Optical component testing services and optical assembly alignment services are also available.
Industries and Markets Served
Optical design services differ in terms of industries and markets served. Some companies specialize in aerospace, automotive, biotechnology, chemical processing, computer, or consumer applications. Others specialize in educational applications, electronics, energy, environmental engineering, food and beverage processing, government, and general industrial applications. Optical design services for marine, medical, metals and mining, military, pharmaceutical, rail and telecommunications applications are also available. Regional preference should also be considered when selecting optical design services.
In terms of specific products, optical design services may specialize in the design of spherical lenses, cylindrical lenses, and optical sights; optical lenses and optical lens assemblies; optical flats; beam expanders; laser mounts; optical tables and breadboards; lens holders; and optical choppers and optical shutters. Optical lenses are transparent components made from optical-quality materials and curved to converge or diverge transmitted rays from an object. Companies that design achromats and meniscus lenses may also design aspheric, ball, cylindrical, Fresnel, gradient index, and spherical lenses.