Specialist optics manufacturer LBP Optics Ltd has purchased a new, state-of-the-art diamond turning machine with a laser assisted machining tool, the only one of its kind in the UK. The Micro-LAM Optimus T+2 is one of only a handful of machines of its type worldwide, and consolidates LBP Optics as one of the best diamond machining companies in the world, offering unique and unrivalled ultra-precision machining capabilities.
The purchase of the new machining system significantly increases LBP Optics capacity for manufacturing diamond turned optics. The additional benefit of the laser assisted machining tool is that it allows the machining of a much wider range of materials than previously possible, such as fused silica and other glasses. With the appointment of a highly skilled and experienced diamond machining engineer to run the machine, LBP Optics can offer technical expertise in machining crystals and exotic materials including Stainless Steel, ZnSe, ZnS, Ge, CaF2, BaF2, Si and other glasses.
As MD Paul Maclennan explains, “We’re really excited about this new machining system. At LBP Optics we have a strategy of progressive growth and this can only be fulfilled with the world’s best equipment, diamond turning engineers and technicians. This purchase is already enabling us to respond better to customer requirements, increase our production capacity, improve our technical capabilities and keep us at the forefront of our industry.”
The new laser-assisted technology also gives LBP Optics the ability to cut much larger pieces of Silicon and to manufacture symmetrical aspheres and non-symmetrical optics from glass materials. There are already several projects in production, including ZnSe hybrid lenses for sister company ULO Optics, polishing Silicon and making toric lenses.