|Prototyping & Rapid Prototyping|
Prototyping is one of the key capabilities that SMA offers to its customers.
Prototyping of many of SMA's designs involves:
SMA enjoys priority access to all of these capabilities due to close professional ties within the Rochester area. Time lines characteristically run in the eight to twelve week range, but much shorter schedules are possible. Deliveries in four to six weeks for complex hybrid systems have been achieved in the past.
First-hand knowledge of the benefits and problems associated with various optical plastics has enabled us to achieve some rather startling results.
At SMA we design for fabrication and assembly. No matter how sophisticated the design is, in the end, someone must be able to successfully fabricate it over and over again.
We consider it a priority that your system has properly developed, manufacturing-friendly features incorporated. Gating and mold flow in plastic molded optics are critical considerations that we plan for at the early stages of the design process.
In designing polymer optical components, we ensure that prototypes can be built using Single Point Diamond Turning to complete the initial prototype components. We utilize highly capable shops that know us, and our expectations, and who deliver precision CNC machined components with consistent tolerances. We utilize proven PCB and MCPCB suppliers to produce our circuit boards, and we have the capability to populate very low volume boards in house, or involve sophisticated partners to populate PCBs on a larger scale.
We have consistently demonstrated our ability to develop glass components, sophisticated band pass filtered systems, fiber optic systems, and electronic imaging systems at the prototype stage. With SMA you won't have to wonder who you will get to build the design we develop for you. We will!