Revolutionary additive way for making optical components ready to take on injection molding to further ease the process of lighting design and manufacturing.
October 1st , 2014 – The Netherlands, Luxexcel Group; Worlds only additive manufacturer of optical components, today announces both the launch of a new additive manufacturing platform that delivers high speed and precision as well as the introduction of a new clear material “LUX-Opticlear”, allowing high quality optics and prototype manufacturing up to 20mm in height.
With these new capabilities, the Luxexcel process is ready to compete with injection molding for the production of small and mid-sized series of optical components. The company now offers a fast and effective service for prototyping, iterating and the manufacturing of optics, cutting out the need for costly and inflexible tooling which at this moment are the biggest bottlenecks in lighting design and manufacturing.
Our Printoptical technology, a unique 3D printing process especially developed for the additive manufacturing of functional LED optics, has reached a new level.
The fully digital process, provides freedom for iteration that at this moment is absent in the world of ligting design, as well as speed, accuracy and competitive pricing for both prototype manufacturing and small to medium volume manufacturing of LED optics. Luxexcel offers the world’s only additive manufacturing service that reaches the level of surface smoothness and optical clarity needed for functionality testing and series production. As a total package the manufacturing service is comparable to injection molding, and in some cases it even exceeds it.
Large upfront investment, long and slow throughput times, setting up milling machines or creating molds for series production, are all history!
The design of the optical part of a LED fixture is no longer limited to the restrictions of molding or long milling times, now the optics industry can benefit from all the advantages that 3D printing offers.
There is no longer the need to mass produce your optical components, you can customize and individually optimize your light distribution. And it does not end there. Transparent 3D printing allows for a whole range of innovative products to be developed.