Meet the Team: Blair Unger, RPO Optical Engineering Manager, Discusses the Importance of Optical Design and Manufacturing Integration

If he's not working on exciting new optics designs, Blair can usually be found washing dishes or taste testing new recipes at his husband's restaurant, Relish, in Rochester's South Wedge. At RPO, Blair oversees an elite group of optical design engineers and develops strategic optics programs for customers. Here he shares more about his expertise and the in-house dynamic that makes RPO an ideal precision optics partner.

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Topics: Meet the Team, Engineering & Design

Meet the Team: Clint Braine, Director of Business Development – Life Sciences, Shares His Insights on the Growth of the Market

Outside of work, Clint Braine spends much of his time enjoying the arts —tasting and cooking new recipes, reading fiction novels, or sitting on the Critique Committee of the Rochester International Film Festival. His role with RPO, on the other hand, involves the company’s growth into the life sciences market. He shares his experience as a relatively new RPO employee and the opportunities he's had so far.

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Topics: Meet the Team, Life Sciences

Precision Optics Prototyping: Avoiding Traps through Process Development

When it comes to product development, it is easy to get stuck in a prototyping loop. Ironically, driving the prototyping process too fast is the usual cause of the trap. Trying to optimize every design variable simultaneously means that the overall project flounders. In optical engineering, a prototype trap can be created by setting tight performance specifications too early.

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Topics: Precision Optics, Engineering & Design, Rapid Prototyping

Material Matters: Improving Plastic Optics Performance at Every Step

An interview with Robert Mendenhall, materials scientist and Director of Sales and Business Development with Guernsey Coating.

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Topics: Engineering & Design, Plastic Optics

Unique Advancements Make Single-Point Diamond Turning of IR Optics Possible

Material costs and prototyping limitations have presented challenges to manufacturers trying to work with advanced optical designs. As the demand for IR optics rapidly increased in recent years, it drove material costs higher and put a strain on supplies. These changes caused a shift in material selection for thermal applications. Germanium has long been the traditional choice for IR system development, but the search for cost-effective, high-performing alternatives has led to advancements using chalcogenide glasses.

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Topics: Chalcogenides, Rapid Prototyping

CNOD & Night Vision Trends: What's Next for Infrared Optics

An interview with Rick Bryant of RPO and Andres Cifuentes of ASE Optics Europe

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Topics: Night Vision Technology, Infrared, CNOD, Trends

Rapid Prototyping Advancements: Expanding Options in Optics

The options for rapid prototyping of optics and assemblies are expanding across the board. With advances in diamond turning of chalcogenides, small runs of even IR optics are becoming faster and more affordable.

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Topics: Infrared, Chalcogenides, Rapid Prototyping

Meet the Team: Scott Wilt, Manufacturing Engineer, Discusses the Process for Creating Successful Plastic Optics

Scott Wilt.jpgOutside of RPO, Scott Wilt is usually golfing or fishing, traveling with his wife, or cheering his daughters on at sporting events. But at work, Scott uses his 20+ years of experience in plastic optics to contribute to the growing injection molding capabilities at RPO. Learn how Scott's expertise is helping the program advance and what's important to the success of plastic optics.

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Topics: Meet the Team, Molded Optics, Plastic Optics

Meet the Team: Kelly La Due, Master Scheduler, Discusses the Value of Planning for High Volume Optics Programs

As a newer member of the RPO team, Kelly La Due has had a big impact since taking on the role of Master Scheduler. Described as a planner extraordinaire, Kelly is preparing RPO for the next stage of their growth and managing their high volume optics programs.

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Topics: Meet the Team

Strengthening Optical Design through Material Selection: Chalcogenide Glasses & Molded Plastics

In optics, manufacturability is heavily dependent on product design and material selection. Whether a product has a complex or simple design, the material used to create the lens will determine performance, cost, volume and several other factors. With a variety of materials and manufacturing methods available, how does a company determine the material that will provide the best outcome?

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Topics: Infrared, Molded Optics, Chalcogenides