Our state-of-the-art pilot line for freeform optics enables local prototyping and replication of custom optical components and systems & custom advanced optical and photonic sensors.

 

Location: FlandersMake@.VUB

Flanders Make - Pilot line for freeform optics

Within our pilot line for freeform optics we provide:

  • a variety of custom made cutting-edge optical components and systems
  • tailor–made advanced optical and photonic sensors
  • a complete and all-inclusive local prototyping and pilot line

We believe these options are essential for successful innovations in the new Industry 4.0 paradigm. We propose different solutions such that you can choose for the best solution according to your needs. 

Freeform optics provide significant advantages for:

  • Optical sensor customization (optimal imaging in the smallest form-factor)
  • Beam shaping for laser-based applications

Our equipment

  • Ultraprecision diamond toolingPrototyping of freeform optics or mould fabrication in non-ferrous metals: 300mm diameter max.
  • High-speed 5-axis ultraprecision dial-axis milling and grinding: Grinding of glass freeform optics, preshaping of moulds for freeform optics replication
  • 7-axis ultraprecision polishing with fluid jet polishing robot: Polishing of ground glass freeform optics and of moulds for freeform optics replications
  • Hot embossingReplication in thermoplastic polymers, heating up to 300°C, pressing force up to 450kN, 300mm max. diameter, double-sided embossing with <1um alignment.
  • High-precision polymer micro-injection moulding: Replication of polymer freeform optical and micro-mechanical components with 150kN  clamping force, max. 1cm3 injection volume
  • Precision polymer injection moulding: Replication of polymer freeform optical and mechanical components with 900kN clamping force, max. 124cm3 injection volume          
  • Micro-electron discharge machining: 3D Micro EDM Milling, Micro sinking with high surface finishing, Precision hole drilling, High speed Micro EDM drilling
  • Glass press moulding: Replication in glasses, heating up to 800°C, pressing force up to 40kN, 150mm max. diameter.
  • Two-photon polymerization-based 3D nanoprintingPrinting in negative photoresist materials with feature sizes down to 150nm.
  • Femtosecond laser-based glass micromachining: Laser machining for rapid prototyping of microfluidics, micromechanics and micro-optics in fused silica or borosilicate glass.
  • Laser welding: Clear-to-clear welding of polymers
  • Metrology in ISO class 7 cleanroom including:
    • Non-contact optical profilometry
    • Stylus profilometry
    • Atomic force microscope
    • Multisensor coordinate measurement machine
    • Laser scanning confocal microscopy 
    • Scanning electron microscopy
    • Full-field interferometry
    • Polarimetry
    • Confocal Raman spectroscopy
    • Confocal fluorescence microscopy
    • Scatterometry

What do we offer?

We offer a state-of-the-art pilot line for freeform optics which enables local prototyping and replication of: 

  • custom optical components and systems
  • custom advanced optical and photonic sensors

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Download an overview here:
Pilot line for freeform optics - Overview

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Are you interested in freeform optics and want to do specific tests? Or do you need consulting?