(Custom Lenses, Custom Glass Optics)
Custom optics manufacturing is the core of ULC’s business. From our modest beginnings as a producer of custom hand molded spectacle lens blanks for the ophthalmic industry, to our now more diverse offerings of precision machined blanks, polished substrates and thin film coated optical components, the heart of our business has always been designed around our prominent ability to produce custom glass lenses.
Some of our most interesting projects have come from the custom optics we’ve made for our own country’s military and defense industries, as well as the items we’ve distributed to commercial and industrial markets. We take pride in knowing that the world class optics we produce in our facility help protect our country and the men and women who serve it.
We enjoy getting to see the interesting up and coming products we might encounter in our daily lives, too. For instance, we have loved providing optics for the entertainment industry – and have even created some specialized coatings for 3D films and improved special effects! Check out some of our optics at work in Gemini Man, starring Will Smith.
ULC’s Machine Shop
An important part of being a custom lens manufacturer is the ability to remain versatile. Our machine shop is a critical element to our success. Providing us with the ability to machine all of our own tooling—including molding tools, polishing carriers and coating fixtures—helps cut down on our lead times to our customers while allowing us to remain in control of the quality throughout the entire process.
Our machine shop and maintenance teams are highly skilled in fixing and modifying our machines as needed, which allows us to be flexible with our manufacturing process and ensures that any down time for the machine maintenance is minimum. Visit our videos page to see a sneak peek into our machine shop.