What we do
DigiLens, Inc. is a leader in holographic optical waveguide technology and materials, serving the aerospace, security and consumer electronics industries. Leveraging a toolbox of optical IP cores, the company develops unique optical solutions for government and corporate organizations performing ”Optical Origami” on some of the toughest display and imaging applications. It is also a Switchable Bragg Grating (SBG) research company, and one of the field’s pioneers.
Aside compact planar form-factor, DigiLens waveguides have a suite of advantages that go to the heart of life-cycle cost, which includes the amortized cost of development, procurement, installation, and maintenance.
First, component costs are greatly reduced. The optical complexity is contained in the various holographic optical elements. Once the non-recurring engineering (NRE) associated with creating the masters is complete, the replication costs are relatively insignificant compared to the traditional recurring material costs associated with the discrete refractive components. Each layer can be produced to exacting standards using a copy process.
Second, assembly time is greatly reduced. Not only is part count greatly reduced, but the assembly process is faster. The planar structures are quickly and cost-effectively laminated together with high precision using fiducials. The touch labor is greatly reduced compared to that of building an optical piece-part assembly to exacting standards. In addition to the precision of waveguide alignment, the holographic layers are inherently more tolerant of minute variations.
Thirdly, quality is higher. One of the biggest challenges in designing a new precision optical system is controlling the roll-up of tolerances on the piece parts, the mechanical housings and the final assembly process. With holographic optical waveguide elements, “gold-standard” masters are produced during the NRE phase and transferred to manufacture replicas with the same high standard of quality. The net result is a much greater yield of high quality devices at a lower price point and shorter cycle time