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Sterling Ultra Precision’s Optoform 80 is the world’s most technically advanced ophthalmic lathe for production of intraocular lenses (IOLs) and contact lenses. All the leading manufacturers of molded contact lenses are using the Optoform 80 or Nanoform series lathes to produce mold tools used in the production of polypropylene lens molds.

The Optoform 80 with its smooth and stiff hydraulic oil bearing system is a performance level above the Optoform 40. Its unique architecture enables the Optoform 80 to produce no-polish surfaces critical in the manufacture of lens mold inserts and diffactive multifocal contact lenses.

The Optoform 80’s flexible machine control software facilitates the manufacturing of a wide variety of contact lens and IOL designs including toric and non-symmetric when adapted with a FTS 1000 fast tool servo attachment.

Features and Benefits

  • 2-Axis architecture eliminates the build up of tolerances which occurs with 3 and 4-axis lathes
  • Linear motors provide smooth, no-cogging motion, and maintenance-free operation
  • Hydraulic oil bearing linear slides provide excellent stiffness, damping and stiction-free movement resulting in no-polish lens and mold tool surfaces
  • An air-bearing spindle enables smooth and repeatable lens rotation for producing ultra precise contact lenses, intraocular lenses and mold tool inserts. A water chiller is standard to ensure constant temperature spindle operation resulting in ultimate lathing performance
  • High accuracy laser encoders on the linear slides ensure the highest accuracy motion for producing superior lens geometries and surfaces
  • Positioning resolution for the linear slides is 8.6 nanometers to enable no-polish surfaces
  • A thick granite base provides a flat-rigid mounting structure with excellent thermal stability. Rubber vibration-isolation pads are mounted between the granite and frame to eliminate environmental disturbance transmitted up through the floor
  • The Optoform 80 ophthalmic lathe is fully compatible with our FTS 1000 fast tool servo attachment for producing toric designs for mold tools, contact lenses and IOLs
  • A large area tooling plate accommodates up to 6 diamond tools for flexible surface and edge diamond turning
  • On-machine milling attachments are available for marking toric axes, and IOL haptic milling. A CNC controlled spraymist aids in producing no-polish surface finishes and extending diamond tool wear
  • The Optoform 80 machine control software is extremely stable and flexible to accommodate a wide variety of lens designs
  • Powerful and user-friendly design software integrates seamlessly with the Optoform 80
  • A touch-activated monitor permits efficient and logical interaction between the operator and machine. Keyboard operation is also available for facilitating set-up routines
  • The Optoform 80 conveniently interfaces with the users’ IT network

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