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Plastic Optics Challenge Glass

Proper optical design, manufacturing and coating make plastic a low-cost alternative material to glass for precision optics.

David J. Butler, Polaroid Corp., Norwood, Mass.

Injection-molded plastic optics with precision requirements were most likely first produced in high volume by Eastman Kodak Co. during the 1960s. The lenses were spherical and crude by today's standards. In the late 1960s, Polaroid Corp. and others developed advanced measuring capabilities and...Read full article

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