Das 3DOptics Konsortium besteht aus 8 Partnern und versucht gemeinsam den Anwendungsraum des Präzisionsblankpressens zu erweitern und an zukünftige Anforderungen anzupassen.
3DOptics Konsortium
3DOptics Simulation von Formfehlerursachen beim Ultrapräzisionsschleifen von nicht-rotationssymmetrischen Werkzeugen
3DOptics Formfehler-Simulation
The joint project "3DOptics", part of the BMBF framework concept "Research for Tomorrow's Production", is providing a contribution to the replicative production of complex optical components. By qualifying the entire value-added chain for precision molding, Germany can take its place in the world market as a competitive production location for complex optical components. Only the crucial ongoing development of the process steps described and their integration in high-wage countries will efficiently open the market for molded glass optics. The high potential for applications of such optics is thus the underlying support for the usefulness of the 3DOptics research project.

Next project meeting
18M project meeting on August 12, 2009 in Horb at the offices of Ceratizit.

Project goals and approach
The overall goal of the 3DOptics program is to establish the entire value-added chain for the manufacture of micro-optics ? from optical design through tool making including material preparation and coating development, along with molding and subsequent optical qualification. Particular focus will be placed on the interfaces between the individual links in the value-added chain.

The program is intended to support the economic production of micro-optics in large quantities in Germany in order to be able to supply markets in the growth industries of medical technology, laser technology, and communication technology in the future, but also in established industries like the automotive industry. The focus of the project is the technology of precision molding. This procedure can be used for the process-reliable and highly form-accurate manufacture of demanding 3D geometries ? strongly curved, with a high numeric aperture, or free-form surfaces. The focus of the investigation is research and development work in high-precision tool making throughout the entire value-added chain ? from CAD/CAM through substrate manufacture, machining and coating, to the standardization of tool components. The goal is to qualify the supplier structure needed for precision molding previously missing in Germany. Establishing a supplier chain for the fabrication of ultra-precision machined mold inserts and tools will complete the crucial step in spreading the precision molding in Germany. This will result in immediate utilization options and a clear competitive advantage over European and especially Asian competitors.

The basis for working in this joint project is an integrated, holistic approach that results from the products examined and the derived production concept. Holistic, because it takes all relevant elements of the value creation chain into consideration: optical design - tool making including substrate preparation, machining, and coating - optical production including precision molding and glass development - optical qualification. Integrated, because it especially handles the interactions between these links and involves the comprehensive display of the associated "CAx data chain".
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