Design & Engineering

Industry-leading optical & mechanical designers support Design for Manufacturing (DFM) of visible and infrared optical components & assemblies.

Design & Engineering

Industry-leading optical & mechanical designers support Design for Manufacturing (DFM) of visible and infrared optical components & assemblies.

Optical & Mechanical Design

RPO's Engineering team supports optical and mechanical engineering for optical components and optical assemblies from concept through completion. Customer provided performance specifications can be driven through RPO's optical design process, conceptual designs can be optimized to meet performance criteria, and ready-designs can be modified for molding or other manufacturing methods. RPO's Engineering supports ITAR regulated requirements and leading Commercial programs.

Design for Manufacturing (DFM)

RPO Engineering ensures designs for Commercial or Government programs are supported from specifications or concept through prototype and full rate production. Intimate understanding of industry standards and manufacturing equipment capabilities, with an unmatched expertise in leading ITAR & Commercial programs, results in a cost-optimized high-performance design solution ready for full rate production requirements. 



Prior to design progression, RPO first seeks an in-depth understanding of program design requirements and performance specifications to fully scope customer needs.



Following a comprehensive understanding of customer requirements and objectives, RPO cultivates design inputs into one or several possible optical and/or opto-mechanical design solutions, in close collaboration with customer technical staff.

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Depending on customer needs and scope, RPO will simulate, analyze and optimize the chosen optical and/or opto-mechanical design solution prepared for prototyping or full rate production upon completion.


Following completion of design creation and evaluation in collaboration with customer's technical staff, design solutions are presented in Preliminary Design Review (PDR) / Critical Design Review (CDR) format for approval before transitioning into production.

Optical Design Specialties

  • Lenses for imaging, scanning and micro-lithography
  • Non-imaging & illumination optics
  • Night Vision / Thermal Imaging objectives & eyepieces
  • Imaging systems for UV through LWIR
  • Prisms
  • Laser beam shapers
  • Opto-mechanical zoom and focus optics
  • Fresnel lenses
  • Miniature molded optics

Optical Engineering Specialties

  • Numerical modeling & analysis
  • Test, assembly & prototyping
  • Optical lens & systems
  • Opto-mechanical systems
  • Metrology & alignment systems
  • Diffractive optics & holography
  • Waveguides & fiber optics
  • Laser systems
  • Spectroscopy systems

Lab Capabilities

  • Optical testing
  • Optical system testing
  • DoD Standard Environmental & Shock Testing
  • Opto-mechanical assembly
  • Precision lens assembly and testing

Opto Mechanical Design

RPO's opto-mechanical design process works in tandem with the optical design process. Because RPO specializes in optical systems,  the mechanics surrounding optical elements are integral to optical assembly performance. RPO will collaborate with customer design and engineering teams to fully understand the design intents, needs and constraints. RPO engineers take into consideration all materials, gears, fixturing, and related design for manufacturing details to optimize the performance to ensure program success from concept through production.

Optical Systems Engineering

RPO’s optical engineers design and troubleshoot optical product solutions supporting many areas of technology, from consumer electronics to night vision & soldier systems and biomedical imaging.

As a proven production supplier, RPO helps market leaders advance high-performance, lightweight optical imaging solutions with superior quality and the trusted reliability afforded by a Proud U.S. Supplier. 

Some of RPO's typical engineering tasks include:

  • Improving or optimizing a current system
  • Developing requirements for a new system
  • Developing an initial approach
  • Designing individual components
  • Choosing off-the-shelf components
  • Designing an entire system from source to detector
  • Improving manufacturability of a current system
  • Building and testing components or a complete system