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Spherical Lens

Optical systems integrators depend on Optimax to deliver high-precision optics in rapid timeframes. We specialize in manufacturing high-precision optical components, providing custom solutions that provide the ideal balance of cost with optical performance.

Our proprietary processes and engineered solutions enable us to manufacture spherical lens surfaces from a wide range of materials, including ceramics, crystals, fused silica, and glass.

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Types of Spherical Optics

Spherical lenses sometimes referred to as singlets, are optical elements with a curved surface. This curved surface is typically spherical, comprising a segment of a ball, which is manufactured with a specific radius of curvature.

There are two main types of spherical lenses: concave and convex. Concave spherical optics have a thin central portion with a thick periphery, while convex lenses have the opposite.

At Optimax, we routinely produce both types of spherical optics for a wide range of imaging applications. Different formats we manufacture include:

Concave

  • Double concave
  • Plano-concave
  • Convexo-concave

Convex

  • Double convex
  • Plano-convex
  • Concavo-convex

Specifying Spherical Lenses

The first step in specifying an optical sphere is choosing the material, and the second is selecting critical mechanical attributes. These include: thickness, typically center thickness (CT); a diameter, often the outside diameter (OD); and surface radii. Ultimately, the goal is to fabricate a spherical lens with finely toleranced mechanical attributes which yield high optical performance with minimal cost. At Optimax, we utilize cutting-edge metrology tools and profilers to ensure optimal transmission, wavefront distortion, and light scattering properties.

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Manufacturing Optical Spheres

Optimax is the largest high-precision optics manufacturer in the United States, with an expansive team of expert engineers. Through research & development and continuous improvement, we work to ensure our valued customers receive high-quality spherical lenses when they need them.

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Manufacturing the Future

At Optimax, we are manufacturing the future, creating the highest precision freeform optics underlying high-tech systems in key markets and applications. We offer rapid and expedited delivery upon request and are committed to our customers in the long term.

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