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Flat Optics: Considerations When Buying

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To simplify the process when purchasing flat optics, we will discuss the top six factors from a manufacturer’s perspective, all of which affect the three major areas of the purchasing decision: quality, delivery and cost.

Michael Naselaris, Sydor Optics, Inc.

Flat optics generally perform three main functions: They transmit light (windows), reflect light (mirrors) and fold light (prisms). While most optical manufacturers make spherical and flat optics, a smaller percentage focus specifically on making only flat optics. Knowing the intended use of the optical component, shared by about half of all customers, helps the manufacturer to understand which specifications are the most critical to the optic’s performance, and to discuss specifications that might have been overlooked or overspecified, as they all could be cost and/or delivery...Read full article

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