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

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

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

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

Meet the Team: Mike Davenport, Director of Product Engineering

*Note: Since this interview, Mike has been promoted to Vice President of Operations.

When the chance to join the RPO team came around, Mike Davenport jumped at taking it. A problem solver by nature, Mike knew the challenge-driven mentality of RPO was the right place for him. His interest in optics comes from the complexity of the industry. "Every project involves a lot of theory, a lot of engineering, and a lot of mechanical common sense," he explained.

 
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Topics: Meet the Team, Engineering & Design

6 Design Considerations for Polymer Optics

Quality. Quantity. Cost. In precision manufacturing, the consensus is that you can improve two out of three. You can’t get “more stuff that works better but costs less.”

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Topics: Engineering & Design, Molded Optics

Meet the Team: Jeff Snopkowski, Manufacturing Engineering Manager

Jeff Snopkowski joined the Rochester Precision Optics team in April 2015 after 8 years with another optics company. When he heard about the open position at RPO, he was excited about the opportunity to join a company that was poised for growth. We spoke with Jeff about how he’s improving manufacturing processes at RPO and what customers can expect.

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Topics: Meet the Team, Engineering & Design

Investing for Your Optical System Innovations

2016 has brought about a lot of change at RPO. We’re investing in our people, processes, and technologies to scale from prototype to production of optical components and optical assemblies for our customers.

What’s new? Currently, we are:

  • Investing in automation to focus on cultivating high-value technical talent
  • Tripling capacity in precision plastic optics – taking on the difficult military applications like prisms and consumer electronics/VR applications that require bi-aspheres and fresnels
  • Adding cleanroom capacity—15,000 sq. ft of class 10,000, down to class 100 capable
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Topics: News & Events, Engineering & Design