Custom Optics Unleashed: Rapid Prototyping and Engineering

Dec 7, 2023
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Thorlabs Inc.
About This Webinar
When designing an optical system, the use of catalog optics shortens lead times and can decrease bill of material (BOM) costs. However, it can be challenging to find a product that meets all the required specifications. This leads to the question: When is it appropriate to consider a custom solution? Large wavelength ranges, extreme resolution requirements, and tight packaging constraints are some of the design drivers toward custom solutions. To be able to achieve these requirements and overcome the challenge of leads times, Thorlabs has developed the processes to get custom components, designs, and assemblies to their customers quickly. In this webinar, Nate Burdick addresses custom solutions in detail to include fast track quotes, QuickTurn™ optics manufacturing, and priority assembly and testing. He covers the different avenues that can be taken to reduce lead times and ship the product to customers sooner.

In this webinar participants will:

  • Review Thorlabs optical components offerings briefly.
  • Understand the gaps custom optics can fill.
  • Learn about the capabilities that Thorlabs lens systems have for custom optics, cylinders, and assemblies.
  • Review why QuickTurn™ optics can be delivered significantly faster.


Who should attend:
Researchers, engineers, manufacturers, and consultants who work with optical manufacturing or design optical systems. Anyone who is interested in how custom optics can benefit their work. Those working with cameras, sensors, displays, lasers, or robotics in multiple industries such biophotonics, medicine, energy, machine vision, semiconductors, aerospace, or automotive.

About the presenter:
Nate Burdick has worked in the optics industry since 2007 after completing his master’s degree in optics at the University of Rochester. He has worked at the recently acquired Thorlabs Lens Systems (TLS) for six years as an optical engineer and is now the director of optical technologies. Burdick is working on upcoming custom optical designs and growing the internal capabilities of TLS.



About Thorlabs:
Thorlabs is a leading designer and manufacturer of photonics equipment for research, manufacturing, and biomedical applications. Founded in 1989, Thorlabs is headquartered in Newton, New Jersey with approximately 2500 employees at manufacturing and sales offices in the U.S., Canada, U.K., Germany, France, Sweden, Japan, China, and Brazil. As a vertically integrated company, they design, develop, and manufacture their product portfolio of over 20,000 items.

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