Many engineers use standard or off-the-shelf lenses for building new-product prototypes. Relying on a unique lens component from a specific supplier for a new product, the cost can be high and production development plan can be significantly affected if the supplier discontinues the lens component or fails to make the lens product meet your application requirements. In these situations, reverse engineering the lens component could be a cost-effective way of getting your project back on track.
Optical reverse engineering is a process optical engineers use to understand and redesign an existing optical lens or assembly. As the name implies, reverse engineering requires you to start with a finished product and work backwards, deconstructing the optic system to determine how its components produce — or fail to produce — a desired effect. After a thorough study of the system, engineers can either recreate it or redesign it to better meet a client’s needs.
You may decide to use an optical reverse engineering program if:
Optical reverse engineering uses a variety of techniques and tactics to form a complete understanding of the optical system. At Shanghai Optics, our reverse engineering process involves in-depth study of the optical lenses and lens assembly. Our reverse engineering program follows certain steps to produce reliable and useful results:
After reverse engineering the optical component and either replicating or improving the design, we’ll manufacture the new system and use Modular Transfer Function (MTF) and other measurements to show how the redesign is equivalent to or can achieve better results than the original.
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A reverse engineering program helps businesses understand, replicate and improve the optical systems they rely on. Specific benefits of reverse engineering for optics include:
Though optical reverse engineering comes with many benefits, it’s not the right choice for everyone. In some cases, it may be easier to design a custom lens from scratch. If you’re wondering whether reverse engineering could benefit your business, reverse engineering consulting could help you determine the best course of action.
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At Shanghai Optics, we have more than 60 years of experience reverse engineering, designing and manufacturing high-quality optical lenses. We’ve used reverse engineering to help many businesses find innovative solutions to unique optics challenges. Contact an S.O. representative today to learn more.