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1. (WO2018106810) OPTICAL COMPONENT HOLDER HAVING ALIGNMENT FEATURE FOR FORMING PRESS-FIT AND AN OPTICAL SUBASSEMBLY USING SAME

Pub. No.:    WO/2018/106810    International Application No.:    PCT/US2017/064920
Publication Date: Fri Jun 15 01:59:59 CEST 2018 International Filing Date: Thu Dec 07 00:59:59 CET 2017
IPC: G02B 7/182
H04B 10/66
Applicants: APPLIED OPTOELECTRONICS, INC.
Inventors: LIN, Kai-Sheng
LIAO, Hao-Hsiang
LII, Justin
Title: OPTICAL COMPONENT HOLDER HAVING ALIGNMENT FEATURE FOR FORMING PRESS-FIT AND AN OPTICAL SUBASSEMBLY USING SAME
Abstract:
An optical component holder having a base portion with a chamfered (or step) portion is disclosed herein that allows a technician to position and partially insert the same within an associated opening using a relatively minor amount of force. The chamfered portion of the base portion operates, in a general sense, as a guide that ensures proper alignment of the optical component holder and allows the same to travel a predetermined distance within the opening before being blocked from further travel by "bottoming" out when the wider portion of the base is at the edge of the associated opening. Thus, the chamfered portion provides an alignment feature to provide tactile feedback that indicates to the technician that the optical component holder is aligned and evenly inserted into an associated opening prior to supplying additional force to press the optical component holder fully into a housing.