Projectors

February 28. 2015:  12 new projectors submitted by Steve Eckhardt   
        Most of these files are assigned to U.S. Precision Lens (USPL), which, as an independent manufacturer of TV projection lenses, filed many patents.  It later became part of Corning, then 3M.  Projector lenses are often good starting points for telecentric designs; I find the USPL designs to be less helpful because of their heavy use of aspheres.

September 15. 2014:  24 Projector design files posted   
I’ve uploaded several files today:
- Twelve designs for conference room projectors.  I’ve found these designs to be useful reference points for telecentric systems.  The designs generally have a little zoom, with surprisingly complex motion of the elements through zoom.
- Five cinematography projectors.  Image quality is excellent; and, as with most cinematography lenses, color correction is excellent.  Notice that one design is anamorphic.
- Two projectors for photolithography.  Most patented photolith systems are so complex that they don’t seem too instructive.  An obvious exception to this is the original patent for the Offner relay system, a 1:1 projector using just two mirrors.
- Four designs of overhead projectors.  None of the models is typical, in that all four elements instead of the typical three.  One has an unusually large field of view, enabling projection without keystone distortion.  I’m surprised by the relatively poor image quality, although the poor imaging could be due to inaccuracies in the published design example rather than the design capability.
 
Two of these projector models are based on patents from important court cases regarding lens design.  U.S. Patent #3,126,786 was the subject of 3M vs. Projection Optics, and U.S. Patent 3,748,015 was the subject of PerkinElmer vs. ComputerVision.  Both court cases covered tricky issues on obviousness and prior art regarding lens design; Joseph Gortych wrote an excellent review of this issue in Optics and Photonics News, titled “Lens Design Patents: The view from court space.”

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Listing of design files:

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(1/2 diag, mm)
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 US07929217-1.ZMX Zemax 2.6 1.5 5.7 
 U.S. Patent #5,612,797 zemax 31 2.8 42 
 U.S. Patent #5,625,495 zemax 10 2 20 
 U.S. Patent #5,625,495zemax  7 2 11 
 U.S. Patent #5,625,495 zemax 7 2.8 41 
 U.S. Patent #5,870,228 zemax 15 3.0 16 
 U.S. Patent #5,870,228 zemax 13 3.0 16 
 U.S. Patent #5,900,987 zemax 10 3.0 45 
 U.S. Patent #5,900,987 zemax 12 3.0 21 
 U.S. Patent #5,900,987 zemax 12 3.0 21 
 U.S. Patent #5,969,876zemax  12 3.0 17 
 U.S. Patent #6,542,316 zemax 9 3.0 8 
 U.S. Patent #4,153,337zemax  3.5 1.3 16-28 
U.S. pat #6,633,436
 zemax15.6
2.0-2.2
36-43
 conference room projector
 U.S. pat #7,215,477 zemax
 13.5 1.8-2.4 20-32 conference room projector
 U.S. pat #7,679,832  zemax 2.1 2.0 4.33 conference room projector
 U.S. pat #7,755,843  zemax 9.0 1.9-2.2 8.2-9.8 conference room projector
 U.S. pat #7,855,840  zemax 9.5 1.55 16.7-20.0 conference room projector
 U.S. pat #7,990,621  zemax 0.67 2.2 1.0 conference room projector
 U.S. pat #7,995,283  zemax 21.2 4.0-4.4 20-24 conference room projector
 U.S. pat #8,072,690  zemax 0.70 1.6-2.3 1.0-1.6 conference room projector
 U.S. pat #8,081,391  zemax 10.1 2.1 19.1-23.0 conference room projector
 U.S. pat #8,144,401  zemax 13.8 2.2 21-31 conference room projector
 U.S. pat #8,587,873  zemax 6.6 1.6 14.5 conference room projector
 U.S. pat #8,654,449  zemax 12.9 2.0-2.8 34-58 conference room projector
 U.S. pat #6,310,731  zemax 13.9 3.1 34.0 cinema projector, anamorphic
 U.S. pat #7,605,985  zemax 7.5 2.8 16-23  cinema projector
 U.S. pat #7,889,431  zemax 12.9 2.5 24-38  cinema projector
 U.S. pat #8,379,316  zemax 13.0 2.8 24-44  cinema projector
 U.S. pat #8,390,935  zemax 12.9 2.5 23-32  cinema projector
 U.S. pat #3,126,786  zemax 175 4.1 350 overhead projector
 U.S. pat #4,380,374  zemax 175 7.0 313 overhead projector
 U.S. pat #4,744,641  zemax 175 12 525 overhead projector
 U.S. pat #4,988,176  zemax 291 7.0 303 overhead projector, no keystone
 U.S. pat #3,748,015  zemax 35x45 10 afocal photolithography projector
U.S. pat #5,831,776
  zemax 12.0 0.80 494 photolithography projector
U.S. pat #7,423,819
  zemax 9.6 4.0 6.1 TV projector
      
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