November 9th, 2015 | Customer focus
OPTIS, the leading software vendor for the scientific simulation of light, human vision and physically correct visualization and Luxexcel, the world’s only 3D printing service for optical products, today announced a partnership to provide automotive manufacturers a fast and easy way to go from design to 3D-printed prototype.
A partnership for innovation
OPTIS, Luxexcel: two companies, and two different ways of creating optical components, such as lenses: virtually, within a CAD software for OPTIS, and as real 3D printed components for Luxexcel. To offer a complete service covering both the virtual- and real- prototyping, OPTIS and Luxexcel connected their technologies. OPTIS’ innovative software solutions enable automotive designers and manufacturers to first create the lighting and optical designs of their future products digitally. These virtual prototypes allow them to test and verify designs directly within their CAD platform. Following the digital model, optical designers often want to create a real optical prototype.
“When you design a part, you want to see it. But not only. You also want to touch it. The real prototype offers this possibility.”
says Jacques Delacour, OPTIS founder and CEO. But the creation of real prototypes is often long and requires high investments, through diamond milling and turning or injection molding for example. Turning and milling require complex and costly machinery and are not suitable for elaborate and freeform optical shapes; injection molding implies the creation of a mold, which is expensive and takes a long time, from a few weeks to several months. As such, these techniques are long, complex, expensive and not the most appropriate ones for the production of optical components.
OPTIS wants to bring the latest technologies to the major actors of the automotive market, the company will now offer access to a unique 3D printing service for optical designers thanks to Luxexcel’s Printoptical Technology. OPTIS’ customers can digitally design virtual optics thanks to OPTIS’ solutions and get their customized and fully optimized real optics within a few days. Peter Paul Cornelissen, Head of Marketing and Online Business Development from Luxexcel explained:
“With the integration of the Luxexcel material in the OPTIS Library you can design with our material properties included. This will significantly speed up your design- and prototyping-process. Our online service has three easy steps: design, upload and receive your product. After the customer designed his lens or light guide, he uploads and orders it online on the customer portal. We check the design, print it and finally ship it to the customer within 5 working days. With this digital process we change a 3000 years old analogue industry and make it future proof.”
This new service is now available directly via the OPTIS Library at OPTISLib.com
The Luxexcel technology
Thanks to Luxexcel, designers and engineers can 3D print optical components on demand, allowing optics to be created equally fast and flexible. The power of Luxexcel as a 3D printing service is that they can easily produce any optical products that demand the highest standard in transparency. Their patented Printoptical Technology enables to get fully optically functional products: These products require no post-processing and have a really smooth surface, unlike prototypes produced by traditional 3D printing. This unique additive manufacturing process can create lenses like micro- structures, freeform lenses, lens arrays and fresnel lenses, which are often used to provide perfect performances and appearance to lighting product.
What are the advantages?
As for any other part of a vehicle, if not even more, decision-makers and engineers need to manipulate the future product to decide on the performances and style of the optical components. Thanks to Luxexcel, it is possible to create different alternatives for a same component and to study them comparatively to choose the best optics. The deep customization of products is full flexible to adapt optical designs to the project’s needs and doesn’t require large upfront investments. The process is also considerably reduced as the real prototype is available very fast. This allows more freedom to create printable innovative shapes which are totally reliable.
“I’m excited about this new partnership” adds Jacques Delacour. “Our users definitely need ways to ease their design phases. This partnership is a step forward towards the creation of always better and safer automotive designs, which includes more and more lit material.”
Luxexcel is a 3D printing service for products that demand the highest standard in transparency.
We have invented the Printoptical® Technology, a revolutionary and globally unique digital additive manufacturing process to create optical components like, micro structures, freeform lenses, arrays, prisms or fresnel’s. This innovative and patented digital process allows us to offer optical designers around the globe a new and unique 3D printing service. After the online upload and ordering process, the design will be printed, checked, and distributed to the customer in 5 working days.
For more information about Luxexcel, please visit www.luxexcel.com