RPO on the Road: Find us at Optics Trade Shows in January

The Rochester Precision Optics team is kicking off 2018 with four major industry trade shows. RPO is primed to support customers in consumer technologies, defense, biomedical and advanced optics with well-established investments in new capabilities and a keen focus on emerging market opportunities.

Learn more about the shows we will be attending and how we can support customers' 2018 goals and critical programs.

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Topics: News & Events, Precision Optics

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: News & Events, Meet the Team

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

RPO Wins Phase 2 STTR Grant for Chalcogenide Glass Mid-IR

RPO has been awarded a grant from the Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) to pursue chalcogenide glass IR optic development for quantum cascade lasers.

RPO, after successful completion of Phase 1 STTR, seeks to develop a fast axis collimating lens for quantum cascade lasers (QCL), which are tunable to emit in the full infrared range. Because primary applications are wide, the lenses must withstand the stress of both continuous wave and pulsed laser emission. Lenses for this application are not known to currently exist, making RPO first in the industry to achieve a working prototype.

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Topics: News & Events, Chalcogenides

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


Welcome to the Rochester Precision Optics blog. Our optical engineering and lens design team will post regularly with guidance and tips to improve optical system performance and manufacturability. We’ll also share emerging technology and applications in security, life sciences, medical devices, and imaging.

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