Our waveguide technology was designed from the outset with mass manufacture in mind. Our structures are technically sophisticated, but physically simple, which makes manufacturing using standard nano-imprinting methods possible.

Manufacturing process

WaveOptics has designed a simple manufacturing process, which enables our waveguides to be mass manufactured at low cost. We use standard tools along step and repeat processes to ensure that low-cost manufacture is possible.

The animation explains in more detail.

  1. NIL

    Mass production of waveguides on wafers

  2. Optical Coating

    Wafers are coated and cured

  3. Laser Cutting

    Individual waveguides are cut from their fabrication wafers

  4. Assembly

    Individual waveguides (red & blue) brought together

  5. Edge Blackening

    Tinted to enhance augmented reality images

  6. Characterisation

    All waveguide assemblies are tested for accuracy and optical performance

Mass manufacture

Our dedicated manufacturing line is situated at Goertek’s state of the art facility in Weifang, China and is jointly operated by Goertek and WaveOptics staff.

Manufacturing partnerships

NPI facility

We have recently introduced our UK based New Product Integration facility. Our NPI facility has an assembly line, that includes waveguide stacking, edge blackening & testing.

There is a dedicated space for module and projector assembly where we are able to test out designs and prototypes - this helps speed up the product design process for WaveOptics standard products, as well as customer projects.

The secure facility will also be used for training our contract manufacturing and ODM partners. The facility is a unique space where our partners can learn quickly how best to build and align WaveOptics modules. This will enable the transfer of this skill set into our partners own manufacturing environments.

The NPI facility also has additional dedicated lab space to support our R&D efforts, focused particularly on new technologies. The state of art machinery enables the teams to speed up the evaluation and testing of new R&D approaches.