Rigid-Rod Plastics for Optical Components

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: N/A
Agency Tracking Number: 36877
Amount: $99,771.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 1997
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
Maxdem, Inc.
140 E. Arrow Hwy, San Dimas, CA, 91773
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Dr. Ying Wang
 (909) 394-0644
Business Contact
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Research Institution
Molding of plastic optical components is a rapidly growing technology driven by excellent cost-performance ratios. On the one hand, because they are soft, plastics are very inexpensive to process. On the other hand, plastics are very easy to damage, especially by abrasion. We propose to develop an optical grade of Poly-X+ rigid-rod polymers. Optical elements molded of Poly-X+ resins are expected to be much more resistant to scratching than comparable polycarbonate or PMMA parts. Phase I work will include a study of the transmissive properties of Poly-X+ materials, a demonstration that lenses can be injection molded from Poly-X+, and hardness and abrasion resistance testing of the molded parts. Poly-X+ could eventually become the material of choice for most optical components. On a more limited scale, Poly-X+ will be valuable for optical components which are subject to harsh environments, including applications where wear and abrasion resistance are necessary.

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