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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:

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:
Monolithic Multi-surface Precision Optics for Smallsats and Cubesats, using Freeform Surface Definitions SBIR Phase II 2020 Department of Defense MDA
Additive manufacturing and thin film coating development for lightweight directed energy reflective optics SBIR Phase II 2020 Department of Defense MDA

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

innovation, Optimax innovation team meetingCulture 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.