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

The Growth of Thermal IR Optics: Understanding optical requirements in a market that’s developing exponentially

Last month, RPO's Director of Business Development and Marketing Adam Dunn attended AUVSI XPONENTIAL in Dallas, Texas. The conference and exhibit, the largest of its kind for unmanned technology, offered insight on the role optics is playing in this rapidly developing industry.

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Topics: Infrared, Trends, UAV, Unmanned Autonomous Vehicles

Randall Shaw Joins Rochester Precision Optics as President

We are are pleased to announce the appointment of Randall Shaw as President of RPO.

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Topics: Meet the Team, News

Meet the Team: Don Morrison, Manufacturing Engineer, Shares His Diamond Turning Expertise

Described as the guy who takes the craziest projects and makes them not only possible but also affordable, Don Morrison is a problem solver by nature. When he isn't solving complex optical designs, Don enjoys autocross racing at different tracks including Watkins Glen International Speedway.

He has an extensive background in diamond turning and takes a unique interest in solving new challenges and working with new materials. Don shared his expertise and some insight on what he is currently working on.

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Topics: Meet the Team, Single Point Diamond Turning

Meet the Team: RPO's Director of Advanced Technology, Dave Schmidt, Talks Best Practices for Molded Plastic Optics

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.

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Topics: Meet the Team, Molded Optics

Meet the Team: Q&A with Dr. George Lindberg, RPO Materials Scientist, about Chalcogenide Glasses and Material Considerations for Optical Molding

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.

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Topics: Precision Optics, Meet the Team, Engineering & Design, Chalcogenides

Polymer Optics: 6 Technical Tips for Achieving Better Design

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.

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Topics: Precision Optics, Engineering & Design

Rochester, NY Optics Expertise: Making VR a Reality

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. 

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Topics: Precision Optics, Supply Chain, Trends

RPO to Give Technical Presentation at Defense & Commercial Sensing Show

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.

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Topics: News & Events, Precision Optics, Engineering & Design