Using Rapid Prototyping for Lens Mounts

T. Scott Rowe

An optical engineer shares his notes on using rapid prototyping technologies to create lens mounts.


imageSemi-transparent assembly of the bearing, detent and lens mount with lens. A simple sheet metal spring keeps the roller bearing up against the pivot bearing surface. A flanged shoulder screw (backside shown) holds the whole assembly together, but is not a bearing surface.

Rapid prototyping (RP) technologies have been around for more than 20 years. They are often used to develop design elements for consumer products such as ergonomic handles, skins, etc. Yet rarely is much written about how these technologies can be used to create lens mounts.

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