Excellent Optical Engineering

Eckhardt Optics LLC is your ODM (optical design and manufacturing) partner for optics.  If you are designing a product that incorporates optics, we can help you optimize the design for cost and performance.  Our global sourcing and rigid quality control provides optics and related metal and plastic parts that will make your product a success. Customers are using our lenses for applications as varied as industrial inspection, UV curing, 3D printing and photography.  Eckhardt Optics LLC can take you from prototypes in as little as four weeks to production in twelve.

Optical Design and Manufacturing

Optical ManufacturingConsultants can give you a design that performs well on paper, but you need hardware to achieve results. You can benefit from our experience with one-off products and production volumes in the tens of thousands, wavelengths from the UV to the thermal IR, and sizes from millimeters to meters. Our high quality glass and plastic optics are sourced domestically and in China, with prototypes (lenses and the associated mechanical parts) available in as little as a month. As your ODM partner, we are ready to provide design, prototypes and volume production of optics. For more information, visit our Optical Design and Manufacturing page. Call us at (651)315-8249 or use our contact us form when you’re ready for action.

 Lens Design

Lens DesignWe use CodeV and Zemax for lens design. Our president went to grad school with the creator of Zemax and several of the technical people associated with CodeV. In addition to our close connections with both programs, we have over 20 years of experience with them and over 30 years of lens design experience. If a design is physically possible, we have the tools and experience to do it, but if it can’t be done, we’ll do our best to break it to you gently. Call us at (651)315-8249 or use our contact us form to get more information.

Illumination Design

Illumination DesignTracePro is our tool of choice for designing and analyzing illumination systems. Our experience with this program goes back to its earliest days, when our owner became the first person to purchase the program who wasn’t a personal friend of the company founders. Since then we have become friends and have worked closely with them, to the point of appearing in a couple of their webinars. Our president’s first experience with illumination systems was improving a high performance photocopier for Savin, followed by creating overhead projectors (remember those?) for 3M, but over the course of years we have gained experience in a wide variety of systems. The only thing they have in common is the need to efficiently move light from a source to where it is needed. Does your illumination system need a boost? Call us at (651)315-8249 or use our contact us form to get started.


Optical Design and ManufacturingWe also create optical instruments for inspection or testing of optical properties such as scattering, retroreflectance and polarization. Most of our instruments are designed and built to specification, but we are building up a stock of conoscopic lenses and scatterometers that are available for purchase. If you need an instrument to measure optical properties, we’d love to hear from you. Call us at (651)315-8249 or use our contact us form so we can make your instrument real.


DSC_0149Few people have the leisure to pursue an advanced degree in optics, but more and more are finding it important to get some background in this area. We’re happy to help! You can learn more about lens types or read about how we design lenses. There’s a FAQ list with more detail about lens design and manufacturing. Finally, you can check out other advanced topics in optics.