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Metrology of Freeform Optics

Freeform optical surfaces are gaining popularity with lens designers and optical system integrators as a method to solve complex optical system design problems. Fortunately advances in optical manufacturing have opened the possibility for designers to realize these complex surfaces. In order to ....

Freeform Monolithic Multi-Surface Telescope Manufacturing

Typically, a monolithic telescope describes a single mirror substrate fabricated from one initial blank which would serve as one reflective surface in an off-axis telescope design. This presentation describes a telescope design in which all optical surfaces of an off-axis telescope are manufact ....

Designing and Selecting an Optical Cleaning Process

Every optical application requires a “clean” optical surface. However, what defines “clean” is subjective and is based on the needs of the application.   In order to download this White Paper please fill out the form. Related Topics:FreeformsRotational Leadership Program ....

Optical Systems: Transmissive high-energy laser optics: Manufacturing and testing considerations

There are many decisions to make when designing, specifying, manufacturing, and testing optical components for high-energy laser systems—each is a potential failure mechanism that must be understood and controlled. Related Topics:FreeformsRotational Leadership ProgramDan

Optimax: Customer Success & Employee Prosperity

Optimax achieves operational excellence by investing in cutting-edge technology, advancing its people, and sharing 25% of monthly profits with employees, but don't take just our word

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Measurement considerations when specifying optical coatings

Design, specification, and procurement of optical coatings all benefit when the designer has a good understanding of measurement techniques and uncertainties. Related Topics:FreeformsRotational Leadership ProgramDan

Optimax ‐OTR Coatings for Extreme Environmental Resistance

Optimax has developed a novel optical coating (OTR‐AR) that protects optical surfaces in even the most extreme environmental use conditions. OTR coatings have been demonstrated to provide excellent resistance to latent scratching, staining and dimming of chemically sensitive optical glass surfa ....

Trial and Tribulations of Optical Manufacturing: Asphere Edition

Optimax Systems, Inc., a leader in quick delivery prototype optics, has been manufacturing aspheric lenses for over 20 years. Along the way, we have learned many lessons, some the hard way, about how we overcame the problem, and provide takeaways for other manufactures and designers.   &nb ....

Optics Legacy Rochester

The story of Optimax, a company started in a barn more than 20 years ago, reflects the experience of many successful startups in the area

Deterministic form correction of extreme freeform optical surfaces

Optimax has placed emphasis on refining the deterministic form correction process. By developing many of these procedures in house, changes can be implemented quickly and efficiently in order to rapidly converge on an optimal manufacturing method.     Related Topics:FreeformsRotationa ....

Fabrication of Freeforms

Optimax has developed a robust freeform optical fabrication CNC process that includes generation, high speed VIBE polishing, sub-aperture figure correction, surface smoothing and testing of freeform surfaces.   Related Topics:FreeformsInnovationTest Page

Producing Smooth Surfaces on Polycrystalline ZnS Aspheres and Freeforms

Commercially available deterministic polishing methods commonly induce excessive surface roughness, or grain decoration, on polycrystalline aspheres and freeforms. The excessive surface roughness causes optical scatter and limits optimal performance. In current work, a process developed at Opti ....

Fabricating and Testing Freeform Optics

Current Capabilities, Lessons Learned and Future Opportunities Freeform optical shapes or optical surfaces that are designed with non-symmetric features are gaining popularity with lens designers and optical system integrators. A common question about freeform optics is, “If I design it, ....

Specifying, Manufacturing and Measuring Aspheric Lens – Part I

This paper gives a basic survey of specifying aspheric forms, their function, and their manufacturing and testing. Related Topics:FreeformsRotational Leadership ProgramDan

Freeform optical manufacturing and testing processes for IR conformal window and dome

Complete freeform optical fabrication process that includes ultrasonic generation of hard ceramic surfaces, high speed VIBE polishing, sub-aperture figure correction of polycrystalline materials, finishing and final testing of freeform surfaces.   Related Topics:FreeformsPOM Apprenticeship ....

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