A path of ideas, studies, tests and modifications that have led to AEC’s most efficient optical technology.
Discove all the prototyping phases of the optics: from the concept to the rapid prototype.
From the feasibility study to the design and construction of the mold: all the phases all phases take place within the specific area AEC MOLDS.
The assembly process is carried out entirely within our Headquarters. The finished products are tested to ensure that the output material fully complies with the quality standards.
The test phases take place in the Accredia accredited AEC laboratory and provide all the verification tests before putting the optical module in the production.
The R&D department can count on a laboratory equipped with the best equipment and machinery with which to perform all the verification tests, guaranteeing and demonstrating the quality of the solutions and verifying the stability of performance over time. All in accordance with the standard requirements.
The thermal study is part of the CAD simulation activities and guarantees total reliability of the luminaire in any environment and situation. The CFD and FEM software of the Siemens package is used by AEC technicians to develop the heatsink concept, define the layout of the optical module and ensure the correct functioning of the electrical and electronic components inside the luminaire.
The design process of optical systems within the AEC R&D team is supported by specific simulation software. The software inside allows you to recreate and use all the physical elements that contribute to the emission and management of light. LED sources, lenses, reflectors and glass can be recreated in the smallest detail.
A digital 3D model is generated which will be sent to the polymer printer to be printed. The model must faithfully recreate all the physical characteristics of the piece.
The parts of the prototype that are printed are subjected to suction and shot-peening processes of the plastic excesses to obtain a smooth and polished surface.
A specific software allows the AEC Mold department to simulate the stretching of the material in the concept of the mold, allowing to send feedback to the designers to evaluate the feasibility of the shapes.
Once the feasibility study has been passed, AEC’s technical staff starts the official design of the mold using 3D CAD software.
In this phase, the realization of the punch is observed by means of a 5-axis high-speed milling center. This phase is one of the most important as it creates the reflective part of the optic. The processes are carried out with specific hard metal tools, followed by a polishing phase until the surface is mirrored.
In this image, you can appreciate the perfectly polished mold formats mounted inside the shear mold. The technological characteristics of these presses allow to achieve exceptional molding performance and speed, controlling the entire process in an automated way.
The “servo” technology allows you to set the parameters of height, pressure and speed with centesimal adjustments, monitoring the quality of production. The aluminum strip, which is stored in the form of coils, enters from the loading side of the press, runs along the mold for its entire length pushed by the feeder and is printed in the final shape.
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