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Component Choices: Avoiding Tolerancing Mistakes

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Designing an optical system involves more than simply understanding the theory behind optics. To design a system efficiently and economically, it is important to understand the capabilities of an optical shop and the interaction of the specifications involved in ordering and designing components.

Warren J. Smith, Rockwell Collins Optronics

To the novice or casual user of optics, the acquisition of an optical system can be a very difficult experience. Failure to understand the ground rules can result in unnecessarily high cost, late delivery or impossibility of execution. The best method for avoiding these problems is an early consultation with an optics vendor or designer. A wide range of experts is available: those who only design; those who design and furnish prototypes; and large organizations that can design, furnish and mass-produce the final system. Optics is not like electronics. There are no breadboards that...Read full article

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