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

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

Photonics West 2017 in Review: Trends and Highlights

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.

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Topics: Precision Optics, Trends

Optical Supply Chain Partners: Survey Results

Tier 1, 2 and 3 manufacturers in industries as diverse as military, consumer electronics and aerospace are increasingly focused on management of supply chain risk. As an optical lens, optical component and assembly manufacturer, Rochester Precision Optics is working with market leaders to manage their risk while reducing their total system cost.

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Topics: Precision Optics, Supply Chain