Edmund Optics® is a recognized leader in aspheric lens manufacturing, with extensive experience producing aspheric lenses for ophthalmic instruments, surgical devices, analytical instruments, and defense applications. Edmund Optics®’ high volume aspheric lens manufacturing cell operates 24 hours a day to produce thousands of precision aspheric lenses per month. Our manufacturing cells feature state-of-the-art production and metrology equipment, which complements our expert knowledge in aspheric lens design and manufacturing. Whether your application calls for a stock component from our vast inventory, a build-to-print lens, or a fully customized design effort, our expert optical design and manufacturing engineers can develop solutions to meet your needs. Contact us today to speak with an expert or receive an expedited quote.
The Making of an Aspheric Lens
Edmund Optics® manufacturers millions of optics every year throughout our four global facilities. Join us as we take you through the creation of an aspheric lens, from molding to grinding to polishing, centering, and metrology.
Edmund Optics® is a premier manufacturer of aspheric lenses. We are experienced in achieving precision quality with a wide variety of Schott, Ohara, and CDGM glass types as well as fused silica and a variety of crystalline materials. Our extensive manufacturing capabilities include CNC polishing and magneto-rheological (MRF) finishing, all supported by world-class metrology that includes surface profilometry and aspheric stitching interferometry (ASI).
Whether your needs call for just a few aspheric lenses for prototype, a few dozen for pre-production, or a large volume for full production, Edmund Optics® wants to ensure your project is successful.
Aspheric Manufacturing Capabilities
10 – 200mm
10 – 200mm
10 – 200mm
Asphere Figure Error (P - V)
Vertex Radius (Asphere)
Typical Slope Error
1μm per 1mm window
0.35μm per 1mm window
0.15μm per 1 mm window
Centering (Beam Deviation)
Center Thickness Tolerance
Surface Quality (Scratch Dig)
Aspheric Surface Metrology
Profilometry (2D & 3D)
* 1/10th wave at 632.8nm, limited by design and/or metrology
Related Paper | Mid-Spatial Frequency Errors of Mass-Produced Aspheres
Wilhelmus A. C. M. Messelink, Amy Frantz, Shelby D. V. Ament, and Matthew Stairiker "Mid-spatial frequency errors of mass-produced aspheres", Proc. SPIE 10829, Fifth European Seminar on Precision Optics Manufacturing, 108290D (7 August 2018); https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2318663
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Selecting the Right Aspheric Lenses
Edmund Optics® has the expertise to provide stock and custom aspheric lenses. Our specialty is precision polished and precision molded aspheric lenses. Color-corrected aspheres are available for broadband applications and we offer lens options for the entire infrared spectrum. Contact us with your requirements and our expert staff of optical manufacturing engineers will work closely with you to make sure we deliver aspheric lenses that meet your system's needs within your budget constraints.
We offer several unique families of aspheric lenses, designed to provide both spherical and chromatic aberration correction. These families are ideal for applications requiring near-diffraction limited focusing performance over a range of wavelengths.
Aspherized achromats combine glass achromat with plastic asphere
Hybrid aspheres combine refractive and diffractive properties