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Luxexcel CAD-to-Optic 3D printing


DAVID MORGAN L+B TOP 10: The Dutch venture capital backed optical component company which has pioneered the use of 3D printed optics announced the construction of a new 1,000 sq mtr 3D printing production facility to produce lenses and other refractors.

Their idea is that lighting manufacturers will be able to incorporate custom made optical elements into their luminaires without incurring high tooling costs, long lead times and high minimum production quantities normally associated with injection moulded optics.

The Luxexcel CAD-to-Optic 3D printing process produces optical components that are printed optically smooth and do not require post processing.

Although the vast number of existing off the shelf lenses suitable for most lighting applications is likely to limit the use of 3D printed optics to niche areas it will certainly be very useful to be able to produce usable optics direct from 3D CAD data for prototypes and short runs.


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