Optical & Mechanical Design

Optical Design

Since 1965 Special Optics has designed and manufactured thousands of unique lens systems. Our optical design team has cataloged base designs ranging from laser beam expanders, telecentric scanning lenses, laser projection optics, custom microscope objectives, UV objective lenses to long range surveillance lenses, and Hyperspectral SWIR lenses. Having a large library of lens designs allows us to meet your design needs without disproportionate design costs. This means that we rarely have to design a system from "scratch." We simply choose a base design, and modify and re-optimize to meet the necessary requirements. In this way the customer need not compromise performance by being forced to choose a standard off-the-shelf lens but, instead, can obtain an exact design without incurring extreme design charges.

Areas of Specialization

  • Achromatic Beam Expanders

  • Apochromatic Scan Lenses

  • Variable Zoom Beam Expanders

  • Long Working Distance High NA

  • Apochromatic Lenses

  • Biomedical Optics

  • High Resolution Projection Lenses

  • Two-Photon Microscopy Lenses

  • Custom Microscope Objectives

  • Physical Science Research Optics

We recognize that producing high resolution, di¬źfraction-limited lens systems is often dependent, not only on the optics themselves, but on the quality of the mechanical parts used for assembly. Our mechanical design team works closely with our optical and electronic designers to produce fully integrated opto-mechanical systems and sub-systems. Using state-of-the-art mechanical design software, we insure your lens systems are both technically feasible and mechanically manufacturable. By successfully integrating both optical and mechanical designs ensures the solution we have designed for you meets all your mechanical and performance specifications.

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