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.
An interview with Rick Bryant of RPO and Andres Cifuentes of ASE Optics Europe
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.
Outside 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.
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.
Topics: Meet the Team
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?
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.
We are are pleased to announce the appointment of Randall Shaw as President of RPO.
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.
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 plastic optics and the best practices he incorporates in every project.