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Specifying Injection-Molded Plastic Optics

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William S. Beich

Plastic optics have benefits and drawbacks, and a set of material properties that requires entirely different specifications. Learn them before you start. The use of plastic optics continues to grow in popularity as optical design engineers discover the many ways these components can manage light. Plastic optical elements and systems appear in a wide spectrum of industrial and medical applications, including surgical instruments such as laparoscopes, arthroscopes and cystoscopes. They also have found application in disposable medical devices such as blood analyzers. Other examples of the...Read full article

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