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Optimax Innovation

 

At Optimax, we are continuously looking for ways to improve our fabrication processes in order to produce higher quality optics. Our R&D department actively pursues projects that provide benefit by manufacturing optics better, quicker, and more cost effectively.

Many projects are confidential industrial partnerships while others are collaborations with universities and national laboratories.

What are we working on? Here’s the latest:

Freeforms

  • Conformal and freeform optics
  • Novel conformal processing techniques
  • Polishing Options

  • Mid-spatial frequency error-free surfaces
  • VIBE finishing of sub-aperture polished surfaces
  • Manufacturing Processes

  • New optical material processing
  • Optical manufacturing studies of new to market materials
  • Coating Qualities

  • Higher Laser Damage Threshold surfaces
  • Fine finishing studies for CaF2 and FS
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    Optimax has received a number of Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grants over the years. These grants, administered by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Office of Technology, allow government programs to benefit from small businesses’ nimble development to commercialize new technologies.

     

    Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) current projects:

    Current: Type: Start Year: Agency:
    High Precision Conformal Sensor Window Phase II - VISIT SITE SBIR Phase II 2015 Department of Defense Navy
    Corrective Optics Manufacturing for Aerodynamic Infrared Domes and Conformal Sensor Windows - VISIT SITE SBIR Phase II 2015 Department of Defense Navy
    Manufacture of Monolithic Telescope with a Freeform Surface - VISIT SITE SBIR Phase I 2015 National Aeronautics and Space Administration
    Low Cost Finishing of Optical Ceramic Domes with Embedded Grids Phase II - VISIT SITE SBIR Phase II 2015 Department of Defense Navy
    3-D Printed Lightweight Optics for Directed Energy Systems VISIT SITE MDA Phase II 2015 Missile Defense Agency (MDA)
    Manufacturing of Visibly Transparent Large Conformal Windows - VISIT SITE SBIR Phase II 2015 Department of Defense Navy
    Metrology of Visibly Transparent Large Aspheric Optics - VISIT SITE SBIR Phase II 2015 Department of Defense Navy

    Our ongoing development, whether it’s technology developed during SBIR projects or through other projects, allows us to enhance our high precision optics that we offer to all of our customers.

    Find the complete SBIR project list here

    Optimax’s R&D Innovative Projects

    innovationCulture of Innovation

    Optimax has worked to develop a culture centered on innovation. Ask any employee: Optimax is fueled by new ideas and complex problem solving.

    Sure, Optimax is fun—you can see it in our tie dye t-shirts and laid back attitude. But we define fun differently: challenging, fast-paced work drives us. Our talented workforce is dedicated to lifelong learning and innovative thought.

    This pays off for our customers in many aspects of our lean manufacturing model:

    Integrated R&D: Innovating in the Manufacturing Cell

    Historically, R&D and the optical manufacturing shop floor have been independent entities. Optimax tests and utilizes new technology and techniques faster by integrating the two departments. This is done through the addition of a research assistant role in the lean manufacturing cell. Research assistants are Optimax opticians who have been specially trained in Design of Experiment (DOE) best practices. Research assistants perform experiments parallel to production in their lean cells. The result? Robust processes and techniques deployed faster for our customers.