OEM optics: Custom optics for OEMs

by | Jul 19, 2021 | Optics manufacturing & prototyping

It can be hard to source custom optics for your products. There are many different OEMs, factories, and manufacturing methods. In this article, we will take a closer look at how Addoptics can help you with custom optics for OEMs.

OEM optics vs third-party vendors

An original equipment manufacturer (OEM) is a company whose products are used as parts of the products of another company, which will then sell the finished product to its customers.

OEM optics refer to optics from the original brand, provided by the original equipment manufacturer. There are also third-party compatible optical components, which are provided by another vendor, instead of the OEM, who can offer or produce the optics with the same specifications.

Partnering with an OEM

The main reason for partnering with an OEM for the manufacturer is to be able to reduce costs. The company will not have to build its own manufacturing facilities or handle all production in-house. They simply incorporate the OEM parts into their optical systems and sell the products under their brand name. Another benefit is that OEM products can be manufactured for a lower price, due to economies of scale. OEMs are really good at manufacturing just a couple of products. They can do so on a streamlined, cost-effective basis.

Custom OEM optics in spec, on budget, and on time

If you are looking for a new OEM optics supplier you will need to compare:

  • Quality
  • Price
  • Availability
  • Support
  • Warranty

OEM optics can be more expensive, whereas most third-party optics are cheaper. However, the choice for OEM optics versus third-party alternatives should always depend on the customer. If compatibility and brand name are important factors to consider, then OEM optics might be more suited. However, if this is not the case, you can choose third-party vendors for their lower costs and increased manufacturing flexibility.

If you are sourcing a vendor for your custom optics, feel free to reach out to us to discuss the possibilities of our manufacturing technology. We can help you get OEM optics in spec, on time, and within budget.

Our Benefits

Working with us means you can have your functional, physical prototypes within 6 days. No matter how complex its geometry. We can deliver both optical prototypes as well as series production.

We use only the best material: strong and heat resistant. Due to our pricing structure, we can offer affordable and competitively priced optics and multiples at a significant discount.

Our Approach & Capabilities

We make smart use of a combination of 3D printing and vacuum casting. This offers a fast and flexible service for prototyping and series production of custom optics. Check our datasheet for our most up-to-date capabilities and material properties. You design the perfect optic for your project, we manufacture it within the shortest possible timeframe.

Shorten lead times

One of the biggest challenges you might be facing is how to shorten lead times. We regularly encounter many customers who are struggling with deadlines and they lag behind their competitors. Our competitive manufacturing method might be the fastest manufacturing method for custom OEM optics. Conventional manufacturing methods for custom optics require weeks. Instead, we can offer working, physical prototypes within only a couple of days. This helps you to outpace your competition, meet your deadlines with ease and generate more cash flow as a result.

Cost-effective manufacturing

We offer very competitive pricing and a significant discount when ordering multiples. Our technology is both suited for optics prototyping, as well as series production of custom optics, with only a minimized investment in tooling required.

Your next supplier of OEM optics?

If you are interested in working with us, we’d be happy to get in touch. Feel free to reach out to us to discuss your project requirements, specs, deadlines, and budget. We will help you reduce costs and shorten lead times. We are up for a challenge.