In his spare time, Dave Schmidt drives the vintage racecar he's been operating for 20-some years. But when he walks into Rochester Precision Optics, Dave is the Director of Advanced Technology where he serves as an integral part of the company's material selection and optical design processes. Pulling from various sources and using his extensive knowledge of optics, Dave, as a fellow team member puts it, makes the impossible actually possible. Dave shares his background in molded and optics and the best practices he incorporates in every project.
When he isn't working on his motorcycle collection or renovating a house, Dr. George Lindberg takes on the role of Glass Projects Manager at Rochester Precision Optics (RPO). George received his Ph.D in High Pressure Condensed Matter Physics from the University of Buffalo before joining the RPO team in 2014.
There is a huge difference between molding and grinding/polishing optics, and the situation is complicated when working with polymer materials. Compared to glass, polymers have exaggerated response to high stress and temperature. Good optical design with such materials hinges on a working knowledge of the molding process and its effects. In a previous post, we advised on general considerations when working with polymers. Now we will share some “pro tips” to assist you when creating optical designs.
How Rochester Optical Manufacturers are creating a hotbed of AR/VR activity
Augmented reality and virtual reality technologies have the potential to impact every segment of our economy, from consumer electronics and defense to health care. These systems are no longer just for gaming, they are bringing automated vehicles to life, advancing military operations, and they could transform the way we think of entertainment. But what does it take to truly get these systems performing and viable at high volume? Rochester optics companies like RPO may be a key part of the solution.
Rochester Precision Optics' design engineer Jamie Ramsey will share a technical presentation at the 2017 SPIE Defense + Commercial Sensing (DCS) show in Anaheim, April 9-13. Formerly Defense + Security, DCS is the leading event for defense, security, medical device, and environmental professionals to see the latest advancements in sensing and imaging technologies including infrared, LIDAR, sensors, and spectral imaging.
With rapid growth in thermal imaging and infrared technology, optics manufacturers continue to advance their products in an effort to keep up with high demanding markets, including night vision devices. Wearable night vision devices such as enhanced night visions goggles (ENVG), which use thermal imaging in their design, continuously improve in performance as technology evolves quickly. Helmet mounted goggles, cameras and other thermal devices have been at the forefront of the market, but night vision goggles are predicted to be the application to watch as the market progresses.
2x growth in Canada from 2014-2020
5x growth in Mexico
3x growth in South America
$9 billion by 2020 – Night vision camera market
Every year Photonics West brings together some of the biggest names in the industry, and every year attendees and exhibitors get an inside look at emerging technologies powered by light. This year it was all business—those technologies are here now.
The first week of January, the RPO team joined almost 200,000 people in Las Vegas to scope out the technology trends that are expected to impact the optics industry.
Optical system advances drive possibilities in new markets.
Advances in IR optics have opened up new doors for night vision commercial applications. While military and defense continue to make up nearly 45% of the market, night vision is becoming a viable choice for: