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As an example, a mass-produced lens made from injection-molded plastic at volume 500,000 units, could cost $0.20 per element. Compare that to a glass lens with one element made in a batch of ten could cost $1000 per element. Now, for design costs: $1,500 - $75,000. As for tooling costs, $0 - $30,000 per lens element. For plastic lenses made using ...

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