Optical Lens Manufacture

Custom optical component manufacturer such as lenses, prisms, mirrors and windows

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Optical Lens Manufacture2018-06-20T13:34:02+01:00

Optical Lens Manufacture

Kingsview Optical has been in business since 1996 and over that time has developed a reputation for quality and reliability in the field of optical lens manufacture here in the UK. We serve a large range of industries including defence, medical and educational. We can manufacture optical lenses for a large range of requirements from 0.8mm diameter micro lenses up to 250mm diameter lenses. We manufacture spherical optics with materials suitable for the visible spectrum. We have both methods available to manufacture spherical optics with the modern CNC generator and polisher to the conventional pitch polishing. With the CNC we can make the tooling here to match your radii without a redesign. The alternative we have a large range of test plates with a list available in Zemax format which enables you to design the lens to suit which can save the expense of having the tooling made.

We are able to produce custom optical lens designs for you or likewise if you have the lens design already we will be happy to produce the design for prototypes or high volume production.

CNC Optical Polishing

We have recently invested £250K into a brand new optical CNC generator and polisher from Optotech which arrived in November 2017. This is a major step forward and will enhance our capabilities in optical lens manufacture as well as showing our commitment to manufacturing first rate precision optics here in the UK.

The advantages of the CNC polishing include consistency of results where difficult lenses are repeated time and again. This means we are now better equipped to doing large batch sizes. Another advantage is the tooling costs to manufacture custom lenses is cheaper than manufacturing cast iron conventional tools. If your design requires a specific radius it is not a problem to manufacture tools to suit which our metalwork manufacturing does here. With us being able to manufacture the tooling ourselves it again just speeds up deliveries and brings down costs.

Conventional Optical Polishing

Kingsview is also able to manufacture optical lenses using conventional polishing methods.

Kingsview bought a number of famous UK optics companies’ assets when they unfortunately went out of business, such as Achro Optics, Precision Tool and Intsruments (PTI), Cowley Level and Optical Instrument Balham Ltd. The acquired tooling and test plates of these companies means we have a large range of radii which you can base designs around incurring no tooling charge. This can be very useful in price when making very small quantities and prototypes.

Optical Assembly and Cementing

The lenses can be assembled in housings in our clean room assembly areas. We also cement optics  using our air bearing centration table to ensure the highest standard of accuracy is achieved.

Optical Coating

We also offer full optical coating for our lenses which we do ourselves from simple single layer to more complex multilayer coatings depending on your requirements.