Molding Technology Developed
A high-speed molding technology that
can form optical components from glass taken directly from a furnace – without
polishing or grinding – has been developed by Docter Optics of Neustadt an
der Orla, Germany. With funding in part by the European Union, the company said
this initial process will be further enhanced to demonstrate that sophisticated
optical components can be economically produced using an in-line molding process.
High-volume applications also include light pipes, which are required in modern
concentrated photovoltaic systems, LED illumination technology and wherever secondary
optical elements of glass are called for.