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NIDEK Santinelli CE-1 Manual Blocker


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  • Precise, fast and simple manual blocking for all types of lenses
  • Blocking for most lens types up to 90mm in diameter
  • Use with any traditional patternless edging system 
  • Halogen illumination


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All Accessories Included

  • (1) Power supply cable

1-Year Limited Warranty 

Covering manufacturing defects and faulty workmanship for a period of 365 days. Don’t worry, we offer repair and tech. support after the warranty has expired.

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 FREE Global Shipping

This device ships to over 60 countries for free, and typically arrives within 9-23 calendar days. Don’t worry, we’ll keep you updated via email.

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 30-Day, No-Questions-Asked Returns

Send this instrument back within 30 days of delivery for a complete refund– no questions asked. Please note that a 10% re-stocking fee may apply.

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Intelligent, automatic blocking has come a long way– integrating seamlessly with advanced patternless edgers and aligning identically with traced data. Those systems are expensive though, and for those seeking a lesser option will find manual blocking still works perfectly well. The CE-1 is not however the best of manual blocking units and it’s various flaws and quirks leave us frustrated at times. Despite a cast-metal base weighing far too much, the top semi-transparent lens guide is made of thin plastic that seems to break eventually– especially when inexperienced users whip the lens clamp around without using the handle. Which brings us to our next point- the handle. A bizarre and ill-fitting black cap that doesn’t fit in the hand well and isn’t easy to hold onto. Over time the rotation of the lens clamp/lens guide seems to become stiffer– encouraging operators to not use the handle and instead whip the plastic cover to-and-from causing the plastic to eventually frail and break. The entire motion of the CE-1 feels overly mechanical without enough assist to aide the operator and if you’re cutting 500 lenses per day your hand might go limp. It almost feels like an old 1960’s American Muscle Car transmission. Further, the halogen illumination is sufficient- and the guides are easy to navigate. Plus, that heavy metal base doesn’t move on you when stamping’ it down 😉

OUR TAKE: A heavy, crude metal base with a under-designed lens clamp handle and flimsy plastic lens guide. 

Robustness :  7.0 of 10
Aptitude       :  7.0 of 10
Comfort       :  7.0 of 10
Design         :  7.5 of 10
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Time Loss about ~  1 minute per job

Manual blocking when compared to automatic blocking. 

*assuming average production times based on our own independent research and experiment. 

The CE-1 Manual Blocker offers precise, quick, and easy blocking of all lens types, including single vision, multifocal and progressive with a maximum capacity of 90mm blanks.

Which edger will this blocker work with?

Manual blockers will work with any optical lens edger that utilizes traditional ‘chuck-block’ procedures. Although this blocker is made by NIDEK/Santinelli, it is not necessarily restricted to those edgers of the same brand.

How much force is required to clamp down onto the lens?

Although manual blockers do require a manual/mechanical motion to clamp the lens, the force required should not limit any whom wish to use it. We have found that the actual blocking arm mechanism becomes stiffer over time.

What type bulb is used to produce the illumination?

The CE-1 requires a specific halogen bulb to produce the emitting of the semi-transparent blocking base.


*These specification tables are provided directly from the manufacturer and are accurate to the best of our knowledge. Please note that accessories or other specifications pertaining to models not listed for sale on Buzz may not be included or offered on this device.

Additional information

Weight 10 lbs