The first and most critical step in the design process is to fully understand what the customer wants. We do not expect that the customer is always able to articulate the technical details. That is why we spend as much time as necessary upfront, asking questions, until we are sure we understand the customer’s requirements. Those requirements can be extensive and include, but aren’t limited to:
- Basic Systems Requirements such as Focal Length, Wavelengths, F#, Field of View, Working Distances
- Optical Performance Criteria such as Transmission, MTF, Field Curvature, Relative Illumination, Stray Light, and Distortion
- Lens Requirements including the Number of Elements, Materials, and Coatings
- Sensor information such as Type, Size, Pixel Pitch, and Nyquist Frequency
- Packaging Requirements including Minimum and Maximum Sizes and Weight
- Environmental Criteria including Vibration, Shock, and Thermal Soak
- Cost and Schedule Requirements for Prototypes and Volume Production
The Design team then uses state-of-the-art tools such as ZEMAX, Code V, and SolidWorks to create the component or system to fully meet the customer’s requirements. A Systems Engineering approach is used, even if just for a single component:
- Requirements Documents and Specifications are created and reviewed with the customer
- Engineering Trade Studies and Tolerance Budgets are established and reviewed with the customer
- A Compliance Matrix is created and provided to the customer
- Thorough Optical and Opto-Mechanical Designs and Analyses are completed in as timely and efficient manner as possible.
- A Design Review process is followed
- Manufacturability Assessments are completed
- Metrology Design and Development and Test Data Analyses are reviewed
- Full Reporting is provided to the customer, including all Design Files, Drawings, Engineering Analyses, Manufacturability Assessments, and Metrology Recommendations.
- Regular and frequent communication with our customers is essential in preventing surprises in technical issues, costs and schedules.
We are partnered with several High-Tech Optical Companies and Leading Universities and can recommend locations for:
- Components Prototyping
- Components Manufacturing
- System Assembly
- Metrology Systems
Or we can manage those activities for our customers.
Contact us for your most demanding Optical Design needs.
Optical Systems Engineering Group has the depth of experience and the right tools to support even the most complex of designs. A cross section of our design experience includes:
- Camera Lenses
- Beam Expanders
- Microscope Objectives
- Objectives and Eyepieces for Night Vision Systems
- Machine Vision Objectives
- Telecentric Lenses
- Finite Conjugate Systems
- Ophthalmic Devices
- Infrared Systems
Optical Design & Engineering