LUXeXceL is a company built on innovation – and within their optical industry, they are the only revolutionary team providing 3D printing service for fully transparent and optically functional products.
With its patented Printoptical technology, Netherlands-based LUXeXceL is a prime example of how 3D printing is transforming specific industries, allowing them to completely change the way lighting systems are designed and then manufactured. Offering greater capability to lighting designers around the world, as well as those in the LED industry much more leeway in customization and manufacturing, LUXeXceL is a company we have followed for some time as they have not only evolved, but allowed its clientele to evolve and excel further in the optical industry.
Now, in collaboration with OPTIS, LUXeXceL will work to provide an even more comprehensive design process for optical designers. OPTIS, headquartered in France, has offices around the world, from the United States to the Far East. With more than 2500 customers in 50 countries, and specialized in virtual prototyping in coordination with the simulation of light and human vision, their products are an obvious complement to the solutions provided by LUXeXceL.
Together, LUXeXceL and OPTIS will provide a combination of software and 3D printing that allows users to virtually design a lens in OPTIS CAD software and then 3D print their design with LUXeXceL’s Printoptical technology.
“With the integration of the LUXeXceL material into the OPTIS library, you can design your file with our material properties included. This will dramatically speed up your design and prototyping process,” said Peter Paul Cornelissen, Head of Marketing and Business Development online at LUXeXceL “Our online service has three easy steps: design, upload and receive your product. Once the customer has designed their lens or light guide, they upload and order it online through the customer portal.” We check the design, print it and ship it to the customer within 5 working days.With this digital process we will change a 3000 year old analog industry and make it future proof.
OPTIS maintains an online material library, which will now also integrate the LUXeXceL material so that it can be downloaded and used for virtual simulation. There, the OPTIS team specifies:
“It’s simple: after creating your lens or light guide and verifying the designs directly in your CAD platform, you simply upload your CAD file to this portal to order the 3D printed prototype. The LUXeXceL 3D printing service opens up new possibilities to create customized and fully optimized optics for your project. After downloading your file online, LUXeXceL checks the design, prints it, then sends it back to you; all within five business days.
The connection between these two companies will provide users with all the substantial benefits of 3D printing. They have the opportunity to customize the products, better support the development process and also speed it up, while enjoying an affordable price while avoiding large investments upfront.
Designs can be tailored exactly to project requirements, and virtual and real prototyping is more streamlined. In addition, prototypes can be tested and verified immediately. As was traditionally part of the process, there’s no longer a wait for a prototype or proof of concept, thanks to digital design and 3D printing.
“With our software and Luxexcel’s additive manufacturing technique, you can speed up this process and significantly reduce your costs,” says Jacques Delacour, Founder and CEO of OPTIS. “When you design a piece, you want to see it, test it and, if necessary, repeat it. The current prototype offers this possibility.
Development time is much more efficient, and with the flexibility offered, users can expect improved solutions for customization and optimization.
“I am excited about this new collaboration,” adds Delacour. “Our users definitely need ways to facilitate their design phases. This partnership is a step towards creating ever better and safer automotive designs, which include more and more enlightened material.
As the only company capable of 3D printing functional optics, it partners with the world’s leading software provider to simulate light, vision and physically correct visualization, users and engineers in the optical industry opticians can expect to see their work much easier on a daily basis, leaving more quality time for inspiration and invention.
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