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Hannover Messe 2022

We are happy to announce that we have been chosen as one on the Top 40 young tech companies to represent The Netherlands at the Netherlands Innovation square.

We are excited to meet everyone in person again, and to exhibit at this fair filled with the best of the best within the Technology Industry. We will be located in Hall 003, at Stand A20 (B38).

Want to schedule a meeting during the Hannover Messe? Email [email protected] 

We would love to meet you!

Polymer Optics 101

Addoptics at work

Introduction to Polymer

Polymer, one of the most used materials worldwide and exists commonly in everyday life is also a great alternative to glass materials for optical components. Many up and coming industries are incorporating polymer as their main optical components. 

Polymer optics is a great solution for complex optical designs, and can be used majority of common optical components such as lens arrays, Fresnel lenses, micro optics, spherical & aspherical and freeform optics. 

Commonly, polymer has a refractive index between 1,3 and 1,6; Addoptics’ optics have a refractive index of 1,544 @ 650Nm. 

But why are polymer optics used?

Polymer optics have been utilised within many industries which need advanced optical components such as aerospace, illumination, machine vision and most recently in the rise of AR/VR technologies. 

In some cases glass optics are preferred as they have a higher optical quality, which keeps glass optics popular despite the higher costs compared to polymer materials. However, glass optics are less ductile due the their manufacturing process most commonly being injection moulding or other traditional methods; limiting the design complexity. With polymer optics, and especially with Addoptics’ capabilities, the design abilities are greatly higher which allows for freeform, aspheric and other complex optical designs. 

The fabrication of lightweight components is better suited for polymer optics due to the low density of the material. Applications such as drones, light emitting diodes (LEDs) and some medical devices require a lighter optical material.

However a downside of polymer compared to glass is that glass has a higher temperature resistance; therefore for applications which require high temperatures, such as concentrated photovoltaic, glass is preferred. However, our material can be used at an operating temperature of 90°C. 

When looking at the benefits, along with the 10%-50% faster manufacturing process and ductile rate; many have already begun working with polymer optics to improve their own products. 

Coatings

With polymer optics, coatings are easily applied to offer additional options. The coatings add mechanical properties and the optical performance is enhanced. For example, by adding Highly Reflective (HR) coatings, the optical is able to reflect lasers and other light sources. Anti-Reflective  (AR) coatings on the other side do the opposite, and refuses reflection and improves the efficiency of the component. A downside of polymer optics is that they can be sensitive to scratches, but adding Scratch – proof AR coatings can help increase durability for specific, sensitive applications.

Designing using Polymer with Addoptics

Addoptics has mastered a 3D printing and replication manufacturing process of polymer optics, being able to get your optics shipped within 6 days. Find out more about our capabilities or get in touch with us to discuss your design possibilities working with polymer. 

We are always happy to help.

Big or Small; We Can Do It All!

 

We talk a lot about our process and capabilities, but what better way to show what Addoptics is capable of than with our sample lenses. Our process can manufacture lenses from 3mm all the way to 150mm; which can contain micro elements down to 0,1mm.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our customer satisfaction engineers make sure each optic is the right size, with the right elements. They personally quality check each optic and compare it to the design,

Whether you need micro or even large surface optics with micro elements; get in contact with us, we always love to help!

Addoptics: Who Are We?

We are Addoptics, a Rotterdam based optical component manufacturing company specialising in complex optical design production. Our process is a first of its kind, and something we are very proud of. 

But how did Addoptics start? Our co-founders Joris Biskop and Lucas Klamer saw the lack of quality in both traditionally and digitally manufactured optics; and created a process combining the two which filled a much needed gap in the market. To read more about the difference between traditional and digital optical manufacturing, and where Addoptics stands: click here. 

“Because our process consists of hybrid digital and traditional manufacturing, we are able to produce high quality optics, no matter how complex, very fast. This was almost unheard of within the optics market and I think that its really cool that Addoptics has achieved this technological feat” – Joris Biskop, CEO of Addoptics

For the past 3 years we have produced countless designs for a large array of applications and clients. We work with our production team and the client throughout the whole process to make sure that not only the end product is top quality, but that the design is improved if need be. Our process allows us to create, produce and quality check designs and ship them to the client within 6 working days, keeping our team and clients happy.  

“After we developed our manufacturing process we were able to bridge the gap between high quality prototypes seamlessly scaled to series production. The flexible manufacturing process that   allows customers to be able to change and improve the design during production is a game changer. In the future we want to grow with our customers and expand into new markets.” – Lucas Klamer, CCO of Addoptics

If you need an optic made fast, feel free to contact us at [email protected] for any more information. We look forward to hearing from you. 

– The Addoptics Team

Traditional Manufacturing vs. Digital Manufacturing

Traditional Vs. Digital manufacturing

Traditional Manufacturing: What is it?

The traditional way of manufacturing optics is known as injection moulding. This is a process that uses a special machine which three parts: the injection unit, the mould and the clamp. Molten plastic is injected into an aspheric mould. This processes can cause a lot defects within the optic, for example, blistering, cracks, flow lines, etc. These can damage the precision and clarity of the optical component. However, this type of manufacturing is less expensive to use in volume production, and the mould itself can be used again and again to create the same design.

Digital Manufacturing: What is it?

Digital manufacturing is a lot simpler than traditional manufacturing, it is merely 3D printing the optics. There are multiple technologies for this process, but the general idea stays the same. Material is deposited rather than removed (less waste!) and there are a lot less steps, and hence; a lot quicker. The design possibilities are more complex and the capabilities are vast. However, with this technology there is a lack of precision and less clarity compared to other methods.

So what is the best option?

Of course the best option depends on your needs, both design wise and the amount of optics you need, but did you notice how Addoptics fits within neither of these manufacturing methods?

Our patented process is a “hybrid” of both traditional and digital manufacturing; and we think its pretty cool. We use a 3D printer to print moulds of the optics, which are then used in castings to create the optic. Shape accuracy and tolerances remain as sharp as they should be, and our technology helps you create custom optical components fast, precise and with high resolution; from prototyping to series production.

Want to learn more about our process and how it benefits you? Contact us, we’d love to help!

Main Advantages of Working With Us

We’re not saying you have to work with us, but if you have complex optical components you need quickly; it’s probably best you do. We value our company and offers and our goal is to make you, the client, happy with your custom design brought to life. Whether its 1 optic you need or 1000s, we want to give you the best. Here is how we give you that;

Speed

In a fast-paced world we wanted to offer fast-paced optics. We created a process so quick, we are able to produce optics in a tenth of a time that other companies may need. Our 3D printing and casting technology creates high quality optics quick, so you get what you need on time.

Design Master

Our technology gives us the ability to create even the most complex designs. You are in charge of the design, and we execute it. Need to change something between prototyping and series production? No problem!

Sounds good?

Get in touch with us to know more, talk about possibilities going forwards or any general questions, we are always happy to help!

Custom Optics: From Prototyping to Series Production

Series Production at Addoptics

Addoptics Manufacturing – Then and Now

We have always valued our fast lead times, cost-effectiveness, and ability to create complex, custom optics. However, there was something missing. We decided to work towards being able to offer series production to our customers, and now we are already serving customers with higher quantities to meet their needs! We are able to mass-produce custom-designed optics with our 3D printing technologies, for whatever your needs may be.

Why Series Production?

Whilst simpler optics are easy to purchase in large quantities for a low price from mass production companies, there was a need for that efficiency with custom optics. We saw the need for a seamless transition for consumers between prototyping and volume production. There was a gap in the market for quick, customisable and cost effective optics.

We want to support the customer during their whole product lifecycle, from, for example, prototyping their design, supplying 10 optics and later on supplying 10,000 more.

Benefits of Series Production with Addoptics

If you are looking to develop from prototyping to series production, or even ready to jump straight into series production; we welcome you to reach out and discuss the possibilities. Why us? Well here are just some of the benefits of working with Addoptics:

  • Our 3D printing technology gives us the capability to produce in a short period of time for competitive prices.
  • Our ability to seamlessly scale your design from the prototype stage, to a series production level.
  • You have full design freedom, and we are able to work with complex designs to get you exactly what you need.

Addoptics Custom Optics for Prototyping to Volume Production

Do you have a custom optic design you need prototyped or volume produced? Need it quick and cost effective? Whether it is a smaller amount for prototyping or thousands of optics, get in touch with us, we are always up for the challenge.

Addoptics bridges the gap between prototyping and series production!

Addoptics: Series Production

We are happy to announce that we can now scale to series production!

We have been continuously improving our production process at our headquarters. Until recently we only focused on lightning-fast prototyping, but we were always looking into ways to expand on our production capacity whilst keeping our high-quality standard. After extensive research and trial and error, we can finally share that our production team has had a breakthrough and that we are now able to seamlessly scale to series productions!

Addoptics at CES 2022

Addoptics will be traveling to the CES 2022 in Las Vegas.

This January the biggest Consumer Electronics conference, CES®, will take place in Las Vegas. CES is the world’s gathering place for all who thrive on the business of consumer technologies.

After attending the digital conference last year, Addoptics will get to experience CES physically this time around. Addoptics will join the RVO, The Netherlands Enterprise Agency, at the Netherlands Pavillion in the Eureka Park from January 5-8.

This year the Eureka Park will be located in the Venetian Expo. Visit booth 61928 to get to know what Addoptics has been up to this year and which advancements have been made. While at the booth you’ll also get to see some of the companies’ physical samples, you have got to feel it to believe it!

Location Venetian Expo: 201 Sands Ave, Las Vegas, NV 89169, USA.

Make sure you are registered to join Addoptics at the CES in Las Vegas: Bit.ly/3knJLgt