If you are like most people who use optics in their business or hobby, you probably buy already-engineered lenses. After all, buying lenses that have already been manufactured, and just need to be altered to your specifications, is much cheaper than ordering custom optics. At least that is the way it used to be.
In recent years, however, ordering custom optics has come down in price so much, it may be quite a bit cheaper to get the lenses you need for your business or hobby than you think it is. Here are four reasons why.
Ordering custom optics from overseas — Ordering things like custom optics from an overseas company has become so easy to do nowadays due to the Internet, you can often get the custom optics you need for half the price you would pay in the U.S.
To such an extent, many American businesses are now ordering their custom optics from companies in China, Vietnam or Thailand. The quality is exactly the same as you get in the United States, you can often get them manufactured faster and they are shipped to you quickly as well.
Optics are incredibly precise — The precision of custom optics has changed to such an extent in the last couple of decades, the precision of the optics you buy is now far higher than it used to be. If you use specific applications for your business that require extreme precision, now is the time to stop buying already-engineered lenses and get custom optics instead.
Prototypes can be made quickly — When you order custom optics, you may not want to wait the length of time it can often take a company to create a prototype of your lenses before the manufacturing process can even begin.
With many companies nowadays, however, due to more high-tech machines being developed, designing and making a prototype often takes far less time than it used to. If you do need a prototype quickly, therefore, you can order custom optics as one can be made for you in a fraction of the time it used to take.
Manufacturing high-quality lenses for an affordable price — While American and European companies have always made high-quality custom optics, you have had to pay a high price for getting them. With so many companies now making them, however, the price has had to come down so that each company can compete.
Once Asian companies joined the market, the price fell even further as American and European companies had to compete. That means, even if you do not order your custom optics from an American or European company, you may still pay far less than you used to.
Order from a company in China, Thailand, Malaysia or Vietnam, however, and the price you will pay will fall even further. Yet the quality of lenses you will receive will be just as high and just as precise as they always were.
You can order the custom optics you need on the Internet via any manufacturer’s website.