Optical Lens Design/Consultancy
At Kingsview Optical we can offer, a fully integrated mechanical and custom optical design/consultancy process right here in the UK. For design we use the latest software from Zemax, Solidworks and Essential Macleod. We are also pleased to say that our design practices have been fully audited to the latest ISO 9001:2015.
The optical design process
This would usually begin with a customer coming to us with their aims of an optical design. This could be in the broadest terms such as the wavelength you are using, the resolution required, the field of view, space limitations etc. We can then work together listing all of the requirements needed and the timescales involved. This ensures we are both on the same page with what we’re aiming for in the optical lens design.
How does it work?
You can pay direct for just the optical design which we can complete with drawings and tolerances. What most customers do instead though is pay for a working prototype which enables you to test the system first. This gives you confidence in the system before spending money on the optical design and subsequently getting it manufactured. The prototype is usually offered at a very reasonable price based on it being a one off. The reason we do this is we want you to be happy with the optical design first before we start manufacturing larger numbers. Having a product in your hand really allows you to evaluate the functionality of the design before progressing further. Factors you hadn’t previously accounted for such as the weight or the method to interface it to your system can be looked at in detail before and corrected before we start production runs. We would usually offer a price based on larger batch sizes before we start producing the prototype this enables you to evaluate the likely cost of producing the system in the future and whether you think it would be viable option before we get too far down the line.
Why choose us?
The advantage we have is all parts of the optical design team and the manufacturing are in the same building. This communication is vital as all parts of the team can work together and understand what each side is trying to achieve. This means we can come to solutions that work but also that are sensible to manufacture. This is key in achieving the shortest possible project times.
Over the years we have worked on a wide range of projects for customers including Mahle Engine Systems and NPL. One of the most challenging projects we have worked on was for the Crick Institute. It involved designing a 0.6NA microscope objective where a space limitation meant it also had to go through 90 degrees.
We just encourage you to get in touch with your aims of the project. We can sign an NDA if you require and hopefully we can work with you to get your ideas to working prototypes in the quickest times.
For inquiries please send an email to [email protected] and someone will get back to you as soon as possible.