Because most optical fiber is typically UV coated, which acts as a thermal insulator, there is almost no absorption of heat by the fiber. This physically causes many problems with polymer extrusion as differential cooling causes many issues in post extrusion stress.

With these physical differences in mind we need to recognize that many of the components look the same. You have an extruder which is a plastic melting pump, a water trough, which cools the plastic and a capstan that pulls the material through at a fixed rate. And there is typically a form of diameter control with some form of controlled pay off and take up devices.

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