Showcase 21 March 2018

Additive manufacturing for high-end cameras

ALPA Capaul & Weber AG develops high-end medium format cameras. Starting from customized lens shades, the company successfully implemented additive manufacturing in a step-wise manner into its product portfolio.

ALPA Capaul & Weber AG from Zurich specializes in the development of high-end medium format cameras. The previous Additive Manufacturing Report in 2016 had already presented this company with its products. The focus lay on high-variety lens shades for modular camera systems. Lens shades are mounted at the front of the camera in order to prevent reflections in the lens during complex lighting conditions.

Using additive manufacturing enables many advantages to be realized for this kind of application. The design freedom of generative manufacturing allows fabricating modular, individually adapted lens shades. These are customized according to the angle of view, lens, and sensor of the camera. Different configurations are created automatically based on parametric CAD models. The production is carried out by laser sintering of thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU). The comparatively light material has flexible, rubber-like properties. In addition, its durability and water resistance makes TPU perfect for the regular use of the cameras.

In this way, the company was able to offer its customers a wide range of easy-to-handle lens shades, of which the shape is precisely…

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