Example TEST entry : Optics and freeform optics
Vrije Universiteit Brussel
PhotonHub Experience centre
8. 11. 2021
3. 2. 2022
3. 6. 2021
Free-Space Photonic Components and Systems
Mobility & energy Digital infrastructure Agro & food Manufacturing Safety, security, space & defence Health

Lenses and mirrors are essential optical components in imaging and non-imaging systems. Optimizing the optics design in view of volume manufacturing in optical-grade glasses and plastics  is key in maximizing system performance.

This 3-day industry training course provides engineers and product developers with the basic technical insights and skills in optics and freeform optics design, prototyping, metrology and manufacturing. The course covers the key aspects of spherical and aspherical optical lenses and mirrors and highlights the unique advantages of freeform optical surfaces. Prototyping, manufacturing and optical testing are illustrated with demonstrations, and hands-on experience is provided with state-of-the-art pilot-line equipment. Practical applications from different industry sectors serve as illustrations.

This unique industry ‘hands-on’ training program includes dedicated tutorials, tutorial material, and mentoring by technical experts. Attendees will experience access to state-of-the-art facilities and hands-on experience with top-notch equipment.

  1. Learn about first-time-right optics and freeform optics design, including tolerance analysis and design-for-manufacturing
  2. Learn about the unique advantages and applications of freeform optics over their conventional (a)spherical counterparts
  3. Perform prototyping of optical components in optical-grade glasses and plastics  
  4. Perform characterization and testing of optical components with high-end metrology instruments
  5. Perform replication of optical components in optical-grade glasses and plastics  
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It is desirable but not essential that course attendees have a basic understanding of optics. The course is ideally suited to those planning to use optical and freeform optical components for their imaging and non-imaging applications and to learn about sourcing them through pilot lines.
VUB Photonics Campus
750 €
includes course material, consumables, lunches and diners
We work in groups of 3 persons per hands-on station