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Dec 6th, 2013
 
Double-sided molded plastic optics have two microstructured surfaces
 
CDA GmbH, which manufactures molded microstructured plastic optical and microfluidic devices, says that it now can manufacture double-sided molded structures.
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Suhl, Germany--CDA GmbH, which manufactures molded microstructured plastic optical and microfluidic devices, says that it now can manufacture double-sided molded structures. The company does this through wafer-level production and molds optimized for precise double-sided alignment.

CDA can mold microstructured optics from various plastics, including polycarbonate, PMMA and cyclo-olefin-copolymers) and can integrate multiple elements into a single device. The multiple structures can form any combination of refractive microoptical elements and arrays, diffractive structures (DOEs) and optical diffusors for optics, and microfluidic structures and surface structuring for analytical lab-on-a-chip applications.


A double-sided molded microstructured plastic optical element (a laser-beam shaper) has a diffusing surface on one side and a Fresnel cylindrical lens on the other.

Applications of microstructured optics include holographic optics, laser beam-shaping diffusers (see figure), LED beam-shaping diffusers, refractive/diffractive lenses, and others.

Bonded multielement devices are possible
The upper and lower molds of the structure are manufactured separately and are then positioned to tolerances of +/-5 µm or less for the molding process. Multiple double-sided structures with differing functionalities can be layered (stacked) to the same positional accuracy and subsequently permanently bonded. The bonding process ensures full compatibility with adverse environments, and in particular with sensitive biological systems, says CDA.

CDA notes that uses include structured illumination in optics, microscopy, miniaturized analytical instrumentation, and so on; other optoelectronics; clinical point-of-care and other diagnostics tasks; and environmental monitoring and biochemical/forensic screening applications.

For more info, see: http://www.cda-microworld.com


 
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