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Optimax Technical Papers

Business Leadership

Optimax and the Birth of Rapid Prototyping

This paper, written by Optimax, tells the story of how Optimax was founded and how we are able to support “Prototype Optics in 1 Week!”

Apprenticeship: Precision Optics Manufacturing Technician

As U.S. manufacturing works to overcome a technical skills gap, apprenticeships are gaining favor as a post-secondary educational path

The Business of Precision Optics Manufacturing

Many changes have occurred in business strategies for precision optics manufacturing. The internalization of the photonics industry and the value derived from Rochester’s regional photonics cluster are important insights. 

This Was Not the Land that Kodak Forgot

The Rochester Regional Photonics Cluster sought ways to promote itself and grow jobs in the Rochester region

Value Proposition and Total Cost of Ownership

Total cost of a part is calculated over its entire lifespan. By investing in higher quality and reliability, total cost decreases as supporting costs become less necessary. 

Many gain from one MBA grad’s classroom experience

A master’s degree in business administration offers personal and professional benefits to those whove earned them and their co-workers. – An RBJ interview including Mike Mandina and Rick Plympton

Optimax’s Fun-Loving CEO

This Rochester Business Journal article speaks of Rick Plympton’s philosophy and career objectives to promote optics that benefit mankind – and have fun doing it

Operating A Business

This Rochester Business Alliance article speaks of Mike Mandina’s innovative leadership and ‘in the trenches’ management style

Optimax Case Study by Hitachi

As a result of placing in the top 20 of Inc. Magazine’s and Winning Workplaces 2010 Top Small Company Workplaces Competition, Optimax was contacted by the Hitachi Foundation to participate in a case study

20 Years of Innovation – Rochester Engineering Society Magazine

Founded in 1991, Optimax was one of the first optics manufacturers to use computer-controlled machining for the fabrication of optical components, reducing manufacturing time from 10 weeks to five days

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