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An opto-mechanical engineer is not just providing a holder or mount for optical components. Improperly mounting can cause stresses or distortions for component surfaces and degrade system performance under operating environment conditions. Shanghai Optics has more than 60 years of experience in designing and manufacturing opto-mechanical products. We offer cost-effective solutions and fast delivery services for our customers. Our engineering design experience and streamlined production methods help us create optimum design and production processes. Comparing with other optical manufacturers, we provide:

  • Cost-effective solutions.
  • 20% faster time to delivery for research and engineering projects.
  • 20% to 30% faster time to market for manufactured products.

A Detailed Understanding of Optical Applications

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Members of our closely integrated design and production teams use their specialized skills and experience to create customized optical instruments, assemblies, and optical systems. They design and execute plans from initial concept and prototyping to final product manufacture.  And, they create each optomechanical design by:

  • Performing a detailed analysis at the initial RFQ stage.
  • Studying the challenges of building custom optical instruments.
  • Considering and estimating the effects of environmental factors (stress, shock, temperature, vibration, and work environment) on the instrument.
  • Choosing materials carefullymeticulously to avoid functional failures due to deflections of opto-mechanical systems
  • Applying optimization practices from the earliest design stage to final production.

Our experience in designing high-precision optical instruments can help you quickly deliver high-quality products at a lower cost.

Designing for Durability, Consistent Quality, and Lower Costs

Our tightly integrated teams of optical design and mechanical engineers use:

  • Use Individual Component mounting method to maximize system stability.
  • Kinematic Design and Analysis to overcome opto-mechanical constraints of the instrument.
  • Choose Achrotherm glass and housing material selection during design stage to reduce the impact of temperature fluctuation and passive compensation scheme to achieve heat-resistant design.
  • Use Vibration control techniques to minimize impact of sensitivity of optical
  • Use Advanced adhesives and bonding techniques to reduce the weight and volume of the instrument and achieve a compact, more streamlined design.

We follow these design practices and MIL standards. We produce high-precision optical instruments that are durable and perform consistently at lower costs.


Choosing Metals for Strength, Stability and Support

For mechanical parts (housings, spacers, retainers, etc.), engineers must select materials such as metals for the weight, durability, cost, and stability. Choosing the right material/metal is important for the mechanical components of opto-mechanical systems. We provide mechanical components made of a wide variety of metals, which include:

  • Aluminum alloy: Used in many brands and types of optical mechanical components. Components with a black-oxidized surface treatment are also available.
  • Copper: Used as thermal conductive materials, screws and abrasion-resistant materials.
  • Indium steel: Used for its good thermal stability.
  • Stainless steel: Used widely for structural parts, particularly vacuum instrument designs and manufacturing. We take extra care when we process small, threaded-diameter barrels.
  • Titanium: Used for its high stability and light weight, titanium is used in many high-end optical applications, despite its being difficult to process.

Discover how our opto-mechanical design services can cut the time, effort, and costs of building high-precision optical lens/assembly. Call our sales engineers today at 732-321-6915 or contact us at Or visit Build our own lens to start your design process today!


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