The time that well-established manufacturing techniques for precision optics were restricted to rotationally symmetric surfaces are history. Important advances in manufacturing allow increasingly precise fabrication of lenses and mirrors with almost any shape, hence the name “freeform” optics. The use of freeform components in optical systems can provide enhanced performance. In areas that require compact and lightweight packaging, such as virtual- and augmented reality head-up displays, the freeform revolution is on the rise.
Over the past decade Brussels Photonics set up and continuously improved a pilot line for polymer freeform optics. Its endeavours to become a frontrunner in this domain made it possible for B-PHOT to engage in a wide range of research projects, innovation actions, and industrial applications which make use of these optical components, ranging from displays, 3D stereoscopic projection and novel imaging systems, over non-imaging systems such as solar concentrators, to light processing optics for lab-on-a-chip applications and advanced manufacturing.
Having the full supply chain in house -from design to series productions- proves to be of vital importance not only for cutting-edge applied research, but also to support companies as a one-stop-shop solution provider in their photonics innovation challenges.
Following up on its successful Topical Meeting on Freeform Optics in Denver this year, The Optical Society of America (OSA) has now devoted an impressive article on Freeform Optics in its July/August 2017 issue of Optics and Photonics News. The article features B-PHOT's freeform optics design expert Fabian Duerr as one of the 5 world expert interviewees. Read the full article here
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